Two minute silence to remember victims of Glasgow Queen Street tragedy
Published on 22 December, 2015
Hundreds of people have attended a memorial service at Glasgow Cathedral to remember all those affected by a tragic accident a year ago to the day.
A two-minute silence was held just after midday to mark the first anniversary of the Queen Street incident that left six people dead.
They were Stephenie Tait, 29, Jacqueline Morton, 51, both from Glasgow, Erin McQuade, 18, her grandparents Jack Sweeney, 68, and his 69-year-old wife Lorraine, from Dumbarton and Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh.
Six candles were lit by a relative of one of the victims and a seventh was lit for the people who were injured.
Two others were also lit for the emergency services and all those who helped in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Bereaved families, survivors, emergency services staff and politicians attended the service which was organised by ecumenical group Glasgow Churches Together.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Glasgow City Council Provost Sadie Docherty gave readings and sat next to Frank McAveety, the Labour leader of the local authority.
The Rev Dr Laurence Whitley, minister at Glasgow Cathedral, welcomed people to the service and said it allowed people in the city to "stand in solidarity" with one another.
He recalled the "tragedy that befell our city a year ago today" and said the service allowed the expression of "prayerful support" for all those affected by what happened.
Prayers and reflections were led by the Right Reverend Dr Gregor Duncan, Scottish Episcopal Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway and Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia.
Glasgow Churches Together chairman Father David Wallace said: "We want to be able to offer support and comfort, and recognise those who died, their families and friends and all those involved or affected.
"We know there isn't a happy ending but there can be hope for people whose lives have been turned upside down."