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Memorial for victims of Glasgow bin lorry crash held

By Paul Ward

Published 23/12/2015

Tribute: Nicola Sturgeon
Tribute: Nicola Sturgeon

Candles have been lit in memory of the six people killed in the Glasgow bin lorry crash on the first anniversary of the tragedy.

A two-minute silence was also held at a special commemorative service in Glasgow Cathedral, attended by bereaved families, injured survivors, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and members of the emergency services who helped at the scene of the crash on December 22 last year.

Seven candles were lit - one for each of the six victims and a seventh for all those injured and affected by the crash.

The names of each of the dead - Erin McQuade, Jack Sweeney, Lorraine Sweeney, Stephenie Tait, Jacqueline Morton and Gillian Ewing - were read out before a relative or friend of each placed a three-wick candle on the altar beside flowers taken from the initial tributes left in the days after the tragedy.

The crash happened when driver Harry Clarke lost consciousness behind the wheel and the truck careered out of control.

During the fatal accident inquiry into the crash, it emerged Mr Clarke had a history of blackouts and faints he had not disclosed to the DVLA.

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