First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid her respects to those killed in the terrorist incident in Tunisia today as she signed a book of condolence before observing a national minute’s silence to remember the victims.
Ms Sturgeon joined local representatives at the headquarters of North Lanarkshire Council to observe the silence and pay her own tribute to James and Ann McQuire and Billy and Lisa Graham, and all of the other victims who were tragically killed while on holiday in Sousse, Tunisia last week.
At the same time, Deputy First Minister John Swinney travelled to Perth & Kinross to pay his respects by signing the book of condolence in the local authority offices in Perth.
The First Minister said:
“Today is a day to remember all of the victims of this senseless and cowardly terrorist attack and my thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with their families and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
“I hope that the families of James and Ann McQuire, from Cumbernauld, and Billy and Lisa Graham, from Bankfoot, can take some comfort from the fact that right across Scotland people have come together to condemn these mindless acts and pay respects to their loved ones during today’s minute’s silence – just as I hope all the bereaved families will take comfort from the expression of solidarity right across the UK.
“We will continue to offer all the support we possibly can to those affected and I hope now that the privacy of the families will be respected in order that they can mourn their loss in peace.”