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First Minister pays tribute to Solway Harvester victims

First Minister Alex Salmond Credit: PA

Alex Salmond has paid tribute to the seven men who killed when the Solway Harvester sank more 13 years ago.

The scallop dredger went down in waters off the Isle of Man during heavy storms in January 2000.

During a visit to the island, the First Minister took part in a wreath-laying ceremony to remember the sinking and those who were killed.

The Solway Harvester had sailed from its home port at the Isle of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway the day before the sinking.

Those who died were the skipper Craig Mills, 29; his brother, Robin, 33; their cousin, David Mills, 18; Martin Milligan, 26; John Murphy, 22; David Lyons, 17; and Wesley Jolly, 17.

Two regular crew members - the mate and an ill deckhand - did not go on the fatal sailing and were replaced by Robin and David Mills.

The rusting remains of the Solway Harvester Credit: PA

Mr Salmond said:

"On behalf of the people of Scotland, I'm grateful for this opportunity to pay tribute to the crew members of the Solway Harvester, seven men who lost their lives so tragically in this terrible accident.

"This was a massive loss for their families and the community of the Isle of Whithorn, a loss that is still being mourned 13 years later.

"Having represented a fishing community for 25 years, I understand only too well the impact that such a tragedy has, not only on the families of those lost, but on the wider community.

"It is a painful reminder of the dangerous environment in which our fishermen work each and every day, and the brave efforts that our rescue services always make to help those in need."

He described the memorial on the Isle of Man - which was created from a bollard used to tie up boats on the Isle of Whithorn - as a "lasting tribute" to those who died.

Mr Salmond said:

"It signifies the close bond between Scotland, the Isle of Man and all the fishing communities around the Irish Sea."

Ruth Davidson MSP pays tribute to Lord Fraser of Carmyllie

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has paid tribute to Lord Fraser of Carmyllie, ahead of a Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate his life.

Mr Fraser was the former Lord Advocate who led the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.

“Peter’s sudden death at home in his beloved Angus shocked many.

“Today’s Service of Thanksgiving will pay tribute to an intelligent, incisive, articulate and passionate man who cared deeply for his family.

“These are qualities which eased Peter’s rise to the very top of the Scottish legal profession and had seen him serve for many years in Parliament and in government.

"His work at the incredibly complex Lockerbie bombing trial has been rightly recognised, as has the hard work he put in while chairing the Holyrood building inquiry.

"Peter continued campaigning right up until his death and just a few weeks ago he was advocating the numerous reasons for establishing a permanent memorial to General Stanis?aw Maczek, a remarkable Polish commander who served with distinction during the Normandy campaign.

“This was the measure of the man and his tenacity, good humour and warmth will be sorely missed by family, friends and colleagues.”

– Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader, Scottish Conservatives

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Family pay tribute to “a beautiful, caring young woman”

Demi Burns Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of Demi Burns have described her as “a beautiful, caring young woman.”

Miss Burns, 21, from Workington was found dead in her home at Newlands Gardens, Workington on Sunday 11th November.

Miss Burns family said:

“Demi was a beautiful, caring young woman who was loved dearly by all her family and friends. She always put others before herself and adored her family, especially her mam, gran and pop.

“The hole in our lives she has left will never ever be filled, the light in our hearts has gone out forever."

'Dearly loved and sorely missed'

The family of a Borders teenager who died in a road collision on Saturday have paid tribute to him.

Graham Sinclair, 18, from Reston, was travelling on his motor scooter when the accident happened.

"Happy-go-lucky and carefree, Graham was always the life and soul of the party," it said. He had a word for everyone and was always smiling. He was dearly loved and now sorely missed by family and friends alike."

– Sinclair family statement

The accident happened on a back road between Reston and Ayton in the Scottish Borders.

Family tribute to motorcyclist killed on A591

Chris Denwood Credit: Mr Denwood's family

The family of a motorcyclist who died on the A591 near Thirlmere have paid tribute to a man who ‘died doing what he loved best’.

On Saturday 21st July, 54 year old Christopher Roger Denwood of Ritson Wharf, Maryport was riding a Triumph Sprint when he crashed near Thirlmere Reservoir.

No other vehicle was involved. Mr Denwood was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson said on behalf of his family:

“Chris died doing what he loved best - riding his bike on Lake District roads. Chris will be greatly missed by his family and friends following his untimely death.”

An investigation into the collision is continuing and police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed it to contact them.

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Family pay tribute to a mother found dead

Rose-Marie Valente
Rose-Marie Valente Credit: Cumbria Police

The family of a woman, who was found dead on Monday, has paid further tribute to her.

Rose-Marie Valente was found dead on Black Bull Lane in Brough on Monday.

The family said she was a "loving and supportive mother and grandparent".

Police have questioned a 48yr old man, who has been released on police bail.

Rose's family said: "We know she went to Cumbria for the weekend to spend time with her boyfriend and was found dead in close proximity to where she was staying."

Police are investigating.

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