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Ferry firm changes timetable to help mourners for Eilidh MacLeod

By Rebecca Black

An Outer Hebridean ferry company has altered its timetable for today to allow scores of mourners to attend the funeral service of a 14-year-old girl who was killed in the Manchester Arena bomb.

Hundreds of people are set to turn out to say a final farewell to Eilidh MacLeod at Our Lady, Star of the Sea church at Castlebay on Barra. She will be buried on neighbouring island Vatersay, where she grew up.

Caledonian MacBrayne has altered its Oban to Castlebay ferry timetable to make it possible for scores of mourners to travel to the island for the funeral service.

A CalMac spokesman told the Sunday Post: "We realise there will be a lot of people wanting to attend and there is a shortage of accommodation on Barra. So by making it possible to travel there and back on the same day while taking in the service, we hope we will help. We were delighted to do this."

A second girl from the area, Laura MacIntyre, was seriously injured in the bomb last month. She remains in hospital, although her condition has improved within the last week. A community fundraising effort for the families of the girls has raised more than £90,000.

Father John Paul Mackinnon, who will conduct the funeral today, said it has been a difficult time for the family.

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