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Archbishop to lead service for Glasgow crash victims in 'city with a broken heart'

By Colin Francis

The six people killed in the bin lorry crash are being remembered in a special church service.

Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia will lead a mass at St Andrew's Cathedral at 1pm today for everyone affected by the tragedy, which First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said had left the city with a broken heart.

A £60,000 council fund for the victims' families will open for public donations, while the Christmas lights in George Square, extinguished in the aftermath of the crash, will be switched back on as the city attempts to return to normal.

The winter carnival rides and ice rink will not reopen until noon on Boxing Day.

Ms Sturgeon described Glasgow as a "city with a broken heart" but said: "This city will pull together to support those who have been affected, not just in the days ahead but in the weeks and months to come.''

A fund for the victims of the George Square crash will also be opened. Glasgow Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said there had been "tremendous" offers of support in the aftermath of Monday's accident, with people getting in touch almost immediately to ask how they could help.

The city council has now set up a fund, starting with its own donation of £20,000. The Lord Provost's goodwill fund has also contributed £20,000.

Members of the public can donate by calling 0141 287 7878 and paying by debit or credit card.

At Royal Exchange Square yesterday, close to where the first pedestrian was knocked down, people laid floral tributes and lit candles to remember those who were killed and injured.

A card propped against some railings was simply signed "a Glaswegian grandad".

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