City united in grief shows its best side

AS more details from the deadly helicopter crash and its devastating aftermath emerge, the spirit of the people of Glasgow continues to offer hope and comfort to those affected.

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As the bodies of the last two victims were removed, rescue crews and emergency workers formed a guard of honour and bowed their heads or saluted as the ambulances passed through.

It was a moving scene but also a reminder that the pain will continue to be felt for a very long time.

As a city, we will have to go through this healing process together and already we have proved that we will rally round each other in the most remarkable way when our fellow Glaswegians are in need.

Another example of the city's compassion and concern for her fallen citizens was confirmed when it was announced that a fundraising concert was being planned and that the city council had set up a hardship fund to help those who find themselves out of work or financially stricken as a result of the crash.

The helpline will also offer emotional support to those who need it.

And there will be plenty of people who desperately need that help and in the coming days, weeks and months.

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