Local News for Wednesday 24th May 2017
Eilidh still missing in Manchester
Members of the family of 14-year-old Eilidh Macleod are still anxiously awaiting news, as the Barra teenager remains unaccounted for in Manchester following Monday night’s bomb blast. Eilidh’s friend, 15-year-old Laura Macintyre, is seriously ill in hospital in Manchester, with parents Nan and Micheal and older brother Niall at her bedside. Both girls are pupils of Castlebay School, and were at the concert in the Manchester Arena where a suicide bomber detonated an improvised device, killing 22 people. Searching for Laura are her grandparents, Roddy and Marion and aunt Margaret MacNeil, who yesterday appealed for help on social media to track down the two girls. Her post has been shared over 120,000 times.
Isle of Barra neighbour and parliamentary candidate Angus MacNeil has been acting as a media spokesman for the families. He told Isles FM this morning: “We are very worried for both the girls and saddened that something like this could have happened during what should have been a happy occasion. Everyone on the island is numb, shocked and saddened and there is a feeling of deep sorrow and sympathy for the families, as well as anxiety to know how the girls are.”