Family bid to bring exile’s body home

Tommy McCreaddie with his daughter Mirabel
Tommy McCreaddie with his daughter Mirabel

THE grieving family of a former Newarthill man who drowned in Australia are raising money to have his body flown home.

Tommy McCreaddie is believed to have died after taking a short cut across a swollen river near his home in Melbourne.

The dad of one was a former pupil of St Teresa’s Primary School and Taylor High, and he was well known as a busker in Motherwell town centre before he emigrated eight years ago.

Mr McCreaddie (34) was divorced from his Australian wife, Ruth. The couple had a seven-year-old daughter, Mirabel.

He is also survived by his parents, Tam and Kate, who live in Cambusnethan, sisters Katie, Helen and Lesley, and brother Paul.

The shattered family, formerly of Glenburn Avenue, Newarthill, must raise thousands of pounds to have Mr McCreaddie’s body flown back to Scotland.

They are organising a fundraiser at the Cleland Club on Friday, March 30.

Full story in this week’s Motherwell Times, on sale now.