Family can now bring Tommy home to rest

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THE family of a former Newarthill man who drowned in Australia have raised enough money to fly his body home.

Tommy McCreaddie (34) was believed to have died after taking a shortcut across a swollen river near his home in Melbourne last month.

Mr McCreaddie emigrated to Australia eight years ago and his family were told it would cost thousands of pounds for him to return to Scotland.

His family organised a ‘Bring Tommy Home’ fundraiser in the Cleland Club on Friday night which saw them reach their target of £6,000.

His sister Katie Haggarty said: “Our family would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making Friday night’s ‘Bring Tommy Home’ event a success.

“We would especially like to thank Lisa Canale of Lush’s Cupcakes, the Cleland Club, Maria McPartlane, 4Play, Arlene Smith, Elizabeth Dyet, Kellie Scullion, Brian Carlin and everyone who donated prizes, bought raffle tickets and bid on auction items.

“The night was a great success and we have reached our target of £6,000. The family are overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone at this sad and difficult time.”

Mr McCreaddie’s funeral will be held on Friday at 9.15am in the Co-Operative Funeral Care, Hill Street, Wishaw.

A wake was also held by his housemates in Australia at Melbourne City Square.