الإثنين , يونيو 15 2020

Hundreds at bin lorry crash funeral

Jack Sweeney, Lorraine Sweeney with granddaughter Erin McQuadeJack Sweeney and his wife Lorraine with their 18-year-old granddaughter Erin McQuade

More than 1,000 people have attended a funeral service for three members of the same family killed in the Glasgow bin lorry crash.

Mourners gathered at St Patrick’s RC Church in Dumbarton to remember Jack Sweeney, his wife Lorraine and their 18-year-old granddaughter Erin McQuade.

They died after being struck by an out-of-control bin lorry which crashed in George Square in the city centre three days before Christmas.

Three other people lost their lives.

Ten others were injured.

The requiem mass was celebrated by the Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia.

He said the three had been struck down in front of Mr and Mrs Sweeney’s daughter and Erin’s mother Jacqueline McQuade’s eyes – and that a festive and happy Christmas shopping excursion to Glasgow had become the worst of nightmares.

Archbishop Tartaglia described Erin as a light-hearted, caring family-loving girl and said her grandparents had been very happily married for more than 45 years.

He said it was fitting that the three died as they lived – together – and would be buried in the same grave.

FuneralThe funeral took place on Saturday morning

MournersHundreds of mourners attended

The crash also claimed the lives of primary school teacher Stephenie Tait, 29, from Glasgow, Gillian Ewing, 52, from Edinburgh; and Jacqueline Morton, 51, from Glasgow.

Earlier this week more than 1,000 people stood in silence during a two-minute vigil for the victims in the city’s Royal Exchange Square.

People have left floral tributes and candles in the area, where the lorry first went out of control.

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