The Clutha Tragedy: Tears in the streets as floral tributes moved

HUNDREDS of floral tributes to those lost in the Clutha helicopter disaster were moved to a new memorial place by the Clyde.

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  • The growing number of floral tributes have been moved to an area of the Clydeside walkway
    The growing number of floral tributes have been moved to an area of the Clydeside walkway
  • The growing number of floral tributes have been moved to an area of the Clydeside walkway
  • The growing number of floral tributes have been moved to an area of the Clydeside walkway

Emergency workers carefully carried bouquets and wreaths from outside the Holiday Inn, where they have been placed since Saturday.

Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson and council workers also helped transport the 600 tributes.

Seeing the emotional scene on Stockwell Street, members of the public and press moved in to assist with carrying the displays.

Mr Matheson said: "This was a deeply moving and dignified event that just happened when the flowers that have been left by the members of the public were moved to a really more appropriate setting on the banks of the River Clyde, and everyone here played their part.

"The emergency services and council staff were joined by members of the public and members of the press in a moment that wasn't planned.

"But people have been dignified and working together throughout this tragedy and that spirit will get the city through this."

Since the disaster on Friday night, which left nine dead, wellwishers have laid hundreds of tributes at the scene.

Yesterday Billy Connolly laid flowers, as did Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Rangers manager Ally McCoist and officers from the Scottish Police Muslim Association.

Friends of Chloe Arthur, the Scotland and Celtic women's player whose father Gary, 48, died in the crash, also gathered for a second time.

Mr Clegg met emergency workers, volunteers and members of the community to thank them for their efforts.

He said: "I think what shone through to me is the extraordinary spontaneous manner in which everyone worked together.

"The council, emergency services, passers-by, not running away from danger but running to danger to help out.

"You can try and prepare for emergencies like this as much as you like but the greatest ingredient is community spirit."

He also visited St Andrew's Cathedral and paid his respects at the altar where nine candles are burning in memory of the nine victims.

They are Robert Jenkins, 61; Mark O'Prey, 44; Colin Gibson, 33; and John McGarrigle, 57. The other victims were Samuel McGhee, 56; Gary Arthur, 48; and the helicopter pilot David Trail, 51 and PCs Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43.

Among the flowers were more personal tributes from friends of dad-of-one Mark O'Prey, who had been a judo champion.

Judo belts and Judogi, the white trousers and tunic worn while practising the martial art, were laid out.

A guitar had also been placed at the scene by well wishers along with a T-shirt signed by "the Glasgow Ska Family" and a small, plastic helicopter.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon had visted the scene on Monday to lay a green and white wreath on behalf of Celtic Football Club.

Last night, as 11 injured remained in hospitals around the city, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) issued details of the investigation process.

Two investigations are currently being carried out: a technical investigation by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch and a second by Police Scotland.

In order to help grieving relatives, COPFS spokeswoman Elaine Taylor said: "Our immediate thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives and the other victims of the incident at this difficult time.

"When these two investigations are complete the Crown Office will take a decision as soon as possible about whether criminal proceedings or a Fatal Accident Inquiry may be held."

Bereaved families are asked to contact CluthaHelicopterIncidentInformation@copfs.gsi.gov.uk for more information.

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