Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral

A special service to mark the anniversary of the Queen Street incident in Glasgow which left six people dead is being held later this month. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The event, organised by ecumenical body Glasgow Churches Together, will take place at Glasgow Cathedral on Tuesday December 22 at 12 noon – a year to the day since the incident.

It will give people the chance to come together and reflect on the lives of those who died, people who were injured and those still suffering through what they witnessed on that awful day just before Christmas.

A candle will be lit in remembrance of each of the people who died and those affected.

Church leaders, including Archbishop Philip Tartaglia from the Roman Catholic Church, will attend and lead prayers, and the Scottish Episcopalian Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, the Right Rev Dr Gregor Duncan, will offer a reflection.

The families of people affected by the incident have been invited to the service as well as members of the public.

Representatives of the emergency services, people who helped at the scene including local businesses, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Lord Provost of Glasgow Councillor Sadie Docherty and local politicians will be in attendance.

Fr. David Wallace, chairman of Glasgow Churches Together, said: “In many ways, the people of Glasgow look out for and support one another. This service is an expression of that care and concern we have for each other.

“Glasgow Churches Together seeks to bring people together in unity. Our service on December 22 is simply the opportunity to do so in remembrance of the tragedy.”

The Lord Provost said: “I am acutely aware that for the families and friends of those who lost their lives and others caught up in this terrible tragedy that Christmas will be a very difficult time.

“This service has been arranged to allow those affected, to gather together and remember those now gone, and support those still coping with the aftermath.

“I hope it helps them and brings them some comfort. My prayers and the prayers of this city and beyond are with them.”

It is common for churches to offer consolation and hope in the face of despair. Glasgow Churches Together held a similar service last year on the first anniversary of the Clutha Vaults disaster, which was greatly appreciated by those who attended.

Glasgow Churches Together is comprised of the Church of Scotland, Methodist Church, Roman Catholic Church, Salvation Army, Scottish Episcopal Church, United Free Church and United Reformed Church.

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