The family of Barra teenager Eilidh Macleod have praised the emergency services as
a report into the response to Manchester bombing is released.
The 14-year-old was among 22 people who died when a suicide attacker detonated a
nail bomb at an Ariana Grande concert last May.
Eilidh - who was raised in Vatersay before the family moved to Castlebay - was the
only Scot to die in the atrocity.
Her friend Laura MacIntyre was badly injured in the blast.
Over 100 were physically injured and many more suffered psychological and emotional
A panel headed by Lord Kerslake held an independent review into the preparedness
for, and emergency response to, the Manchester Arena attack
Overall the report was “overwhelmingly positive,” praising the police and ambulance
service and NHS.
It highlights some of the things that went well and the major lessons to be learnt,
including the reasons behind the fire service’s two hour delay in arriving at the
The Macleod family said they think of Eilidh in the “same bright and positive light”
that shone from her during her short life.
They highlighted their “respect and admiration” for all the emergency services “remains
In a statement, Eilidh's parents Marion and Roddy, along with her sisters Shona and
Laura, said: “As a family, we have considered Lord Kerslake’s report into the Manchester
Arena tragedy and the recommendations contained in it.
“We greatly welcome and acknowledge the levels of well-deserved admiration for the
numerous acts of heroism the report highlights.
“In particular, we wish to echo the praise awarded to individuals who made life and
death decisions by keeping first responders at the arena.
“There is no doubt that these first responders provided the dying and injured with
the vital comfort and aid at their time of most need.
“As we approach the first anniversary of her death, we continue to mourn our beloved
“We think of her in the same bright and positive light that shone from her during
her short life with us as a daughter and as a sister.
“We also mourn all victims of atrocity.
“It is both right and proper that enquiries and reports should indicate where lessons
can be learned in unprecedented situations like the Manchester tragedy.
“We must remain positive that any outcomes from such reports will help to educate
and inform individuals, services and heads of service and enable them to act and
react with confidence.
“Throughout this whole nightmare our respect and admiration for all the emergency
services remains undiminished.”
Family of Eilidh Macleod respond to Manchester bombing report
27 March 2018
Eilidh Macleod died in the Manchester Arena attack