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Plane named in memory of victim of Manchester Arena bombing

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An airline has named one of its fleet in memory of a young musician who died in the Manchester Arena bombing .

The ‘Spirit of Eilidh’ pays tribute to Eilidh MacLeod - one of 22 people to lose their lives on May 22 last year.

The 14-year-old, from the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, had been at the concert with her friend Laura MacIntyre, who was severely injured.

Jonathan Hinkles, managing director of Scottish airline Loganair, said he was honoured that Eilidh’s parents had agreed to let them name the new Twin Otter after their daughter.

"We at Loganair hope that it may play a small part in ensuring that her spirit and presence endure long into the future.

“Every passenger on the aircraft will see the Spirit of Eilidh title as they board.”

– Jonathan Hinkles

Eilidh’s family described the music fan as a ‘proud piper’, who played regularly in bands in her native Barra.

Paying tribute their daughter, Roddy and Marion MacLeod said: “Eilidh loved nothing more than spending time with those she loved, both family and friends alike."

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