Girl, 8, hugs Charles on crash site visit

IT was a remarkable moment during a remarkable week for Glasgow.

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  • Prince Charles visits the Clutha bar in the city centre a week after tragedy struck when a police helicopter crashed into the building pub
    Prince Charles visits the Clutha bar in the city centre a week after tragedy struck when a police helicopter crashed into the building pub
  • Prince Charles visits the Clutha bar in the city centre a week after tragedy struck when a police helicopter crashed into the building pub
  • Prince Charles visits the Clutha bar in the city centre a week after tragedy struck when a police helicopter crashed into the building pub
  • Prince Charles visits the Clutha bar in the city centre a week after tragedy struck when a police helicopter crashed into the building pub
  • Prince Charles visits the Clutha bar in the city centre a week after tragedy struck when a police helicopter crashed into the building pub
  • Prince Charles visits the Clutha bar in the city centre a week after tragedy struck when a police helicopter crashed into the building pub
  • Prince Charles visits the Clutha bar in the city centre a week after tragedy struck when a police helicopter crashed into the building pub

As Prince Charles visited the city in the aftermath of the Clutha disaster, little Megan Faulds grabbed him in a hug.

And the heir to the throne hugged her back.

Afterwards the eight-year-old said: "I was so nervous I didn't know what to do, so I just hugged him.

"I went to let go and he hugged me harder - I got two hugs. He asked how I was and I said, 'I'm fine'.

"I was so nervous. I wanted to ask about Prince George but I forgot."

Quarrybrae Primary pupil Megan met Charles with her grandmother, Ann Faulds, who had been in the pub when the helicopter hit.

Charles also met emergency service workers who helped those in the Clutha after a police helicopter crashed on to it, killing nine people.

He heard about the com-plex rescue and recovery operation from Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Steve House and spoke to Alasdair Hay, chief officer of Scottish Fire and Rescue, and Scottish Ambulance Service chief executive Pauline Howie.

Charles spent around 10 minutes in the Clutha, surveying the destroyed interior and spoke with owner Alan Crossan.

He also met Calum Grierson and John Robson who had been in the bar with eight friends when the helicopter struck.

THEY were saved by their friend Alan Torrance, 54, who was uninjured and helped to pull them to safety.

The group are neighbours who always go for a drink on the last Friday of the month. Calum, 59, who is on crutches, said: "We thought a bomb had gone off. It was terrifying.

"We were thrown back and all landed on each other. My other friends are still in hospital and I will have to go back in six weeks to have my leg scanned.

"Alan ran back in to pull us out and two girls who were first aiders helped us. We are so grateful to them - I'd love to find them and thank them."

Alan added: "I don't think I did anything; it was just instinct. I was lucky because I'd moved back to let people past when the helicopter fell. It has been hard but we have been using humour to try to get through this. You wouldn't be Glaswegian if you didn't find something to laugh at."

Prince Charles later signed a book of condolence at the City Chambers.

A civilian pilot and two police constables - David Traill, 51, and officers Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43 - were killed when the helicopter crashed on Friday last week while returning from a police operation.

Six people died inside the pub: Robert Jenkins, 61, Mark O'Prey, 44, Colin Gibson, 33, John McGarrigle, 57, Gary Arthur, 48, and Samuel McGhee, 56.

The prince later met around 40 health workers who were involved in the response to the helicopter crash at the scene and in hospitals.

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