LEADER, June 7 2019

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The devastating RAF helicopter crash which resulted in the deaths of 29 people in 1994 left a permanent mark on Kintyre.

For some, it is too long ago to remember but, for many, the memories of those dreadful days will never be forgotten.

It is wonderful how communities come together during times of tragedy as well as triumph to offer not only practical assistance but emotional support.

While it may have been assumed that the families of the victims were grateful for all that was done by the people of Kintyre, from emergency services to members of the community, it must be heartening to hear directly from family members of the men lost.

What might be taken as one’s duty at a time of crisis is so appreciated by those affected, even after 25 years.

Even for those too young to remember, the impact of the incident can be felt to this day.

Well done to all organisers for sensitively bringing those most affected by the tragedy together at what must have been a very difficult time.