On Friday, The Duke of Rothesay (as the Prince of Wales in known in Scotland) visited the pub where a helicopter crashed a week ago, taking the lives of nine people. He visited the Clutha Bar in Glasgow and met with a group of survivors who came back to the site of the horrific crash.
“The Duke of Rothesay will visit Glasgow to meet emergency service personnel and others involved in the response to the helicopter crash in Glasgow city centre last Friday. His Royal Highness will also sign the Book of Condolence at the City Chambers,” in a statement issued by Clarence House.
“For me, him coming here today was a mark of the respect that he has for the city and for those who lost their lives. He spoke to members of the emergency services, with council staff and with those who lost loved ones. It’s very appreciated by the city, a city that is grieving,” Sadie Docherty, Glasgow Lord Provost stated in The Telegraph.
During his two-and-a-half hour visit, The Prince of Wales listened to stories about the difficult rescue and recovery procedures from emergency services and then met members of the hospital staff who treated the casualties.
Charles spent about 10 minutes inside the Clutha Bar touring the damage, before meeting survivors Calum Grierson and John Robson. He also received a caring hug from Megan Faulds, an eight-year-old granddaughter of crash survivor Ann Faulds. The Prince went on and signed the condolence book at the City Chambers whilst in Glasgow.
The helicopter crash took the lives of the pilot and two police constables. Killed on board the helicopter were officers Kirsty Nelis and Tony Collins along with pilot Captain David Traill. Inside the pub, six people were also killed. They were Robert Jenkins, Mark O’Prey, Colin Gibson, John McGarrigle, Gary Arthur and Samuel McGhee.
Last week The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay sent their condolences to the Lord Provost:
“My wife and I wanted to send our most heartfelt thoughts and sympathy to the families of those who were lost or injured in Friday’s truly shocking helicopter accident in Glasgow. Words can seem wholly inadequate in such circumstances, but in offering every possible healing thought to those who survived, we also wanted to pay tribute to the emergency services and their exemplary response. Glasgow has had to endure a tragic episode but, knowing the city and its people as we do, we have every confidence that it will find the necessary strength to recover. With our prayers and kindest wishes,
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay.”