A two-minute silence has been held at a special church service to mark the first anniversary of the Glasgow bin lorry crash which left six people dead.
Bereaved families, survivors, emergency services staff and politicians attended the ecumenical service, titled ‘Glasgow Remembers – The Queen Street Tragedy’, and organised by Glasgow Churches Together.
The families of people affected by the tragedy were invited, although some said they would mark the anniversary in private.
Prayers and reflections were led by the Right Reverend Dr Gregor Duncan, Scottish Episcopal Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway. [Scroll down this page for the full text of the reflection.]
He told the congregation that he was an accidental bystander in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
Dr Duncan described the tragedy as “an accident waiting to happen” and said it was “pointless and meaningless – a consequence of human folly and irresponsibility”.
He told the congregation: “We hope and pray that this service in a loving, if inevitably small way, and in the midst of suffering and heartbreak, may help to keep that hopeful perspective alive and visible, whilst fully realising that for those whose lives were torn apart in our city centre a year ago, the grief and the loss and the questioning will continue.”
During the service, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who sat alongside Provost Sadie Docherty and city council leader Frank McAveety, read from the Book of Wisdom.
Six candles of remembrance were lit for the victims and a seventh for those who survived. Two others were also lit for the emergency services and all those who helped in the aftermath of the tragedy.
The general secretary of the national ecumenical body, Action of Churches Together in Scotland, said later: “Many thanks to Glasgow Churches Together for organising such a special and moving service. It was a privilege to take part.”
Further comments appeared on Twitter:
Thank you to @GlasgowChurches for a moving service on the anniversary of the bin lorry crash. My thoughts are with all who lost loved ones.
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 22, 2015
"Give your light in darkness to all near to despair" – thanks to @GlasgowChurches for the opportunity to pause and remember.
— Michael Shanks (@mgshanks) December 22, 2015
— Alison Thewliss (@alisonthewliss) December 22, 2015
Such a sad yet dignified memorial of bin lorry tragedy in Glasgow. t.co/SxaDJiH8RZ
— Catholic Observer (@SCO_NEWS) December 22, 2015
Glasgow Remembers, 1st Anniversay Service, The Queen Street Tragedy. pic.twitter.com/1REWcBPlP7
— Paul Mc Sherry (@PaulMcSherry2) December 22, 2015
Bishop Gregor Duncan’s reflection in full: