First Minister pays her respects to victims of Tunisian massacre

First Minister Nicola Sturegon signs the book on condolence as Provost Jim Robertson looks on
First Minister Nicola Sturegon signs the book on condolence as Provost Jim Robertson looks on

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was in Motherwell today to pay her respects to the victims of the Tunisian massacre.

Ms Sturgeon signed a book of condolence at Motherwell Civic Centre before joining people around the country in observing a minute’s silence.

She said: “Today is a day to remember all of the victims of this senseless and cowardly terrorist attack and my thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with their families and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

“I hope that the families of James and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, and Billy and Lisa Graham, from Bankfoot, can take some comfort from the fact that right across Scotland people have come together to condemn these mindless acts and pay respects to their loved ones during today’s minute’s silence - just as I hope all the bereaved families will take comfort from the expression of solidarity right across the UK.

“We will continue to offer all the support we possibly can to those affected and I hope now that the privacy of the families will be respected in order that they can mourn their loss in peace.”

Members of the public can write their tributes at the cvic centre or at the council office in Bron Way, Cumbernauld.

North Lanarkshire provost Jim Robertson said: “Flags on council buildings have flown at half-mast as a mark of respect since the scale of the tragedy and the impact on the area became clear.

“Mr and Mrs McQuire made a huge contribution to their community through their work with young people and I feel it only right residents have the opportunity to record their tributes.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and all those touched by this terrible event.”