A Sculpture for Eilidh

The Scotsman newspaper reports today on the unveiling of the design of a sculpture (above) to commemorate the murder of piper Eilidh MacLeod, who died in the terrorist bomb outrage in Manchester two years ago.

The paper reports: ‘Work is continuing on the bronze sculpture – featuring a young female bagpiper with her pipes at rest, reaching out a hand to a young boy also learning the instrument – which is hoped to be established on the Isle of Barra next year.

The community rallied together after the 14-year-old was one of the 22 people killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack on 22 May, 2017, with a trust set up in her name to help fund a memorial.

Although Eilidh was a keen piper, the life-size sculpture by Essex-based artist Jenna Gearing is not based on the teenager’s own appearance, or that of any specific individual, at the wish of her family.

Glasgow Police Pipe Band’s P/Sgt. Duncan Nicholson pipes Eilidh home to her native Barra in the Outer Hebrides

Instead it is said to be a visual representation of the love, unity, resilience and diversity encompassing her life and the Outer Hebridean island she called home.

‘Eilidh’s father Roddy MacLeod said: ‘As a family, losing Eilidh in such a cruel way was truly horrific.

‘We could never adequately thank all the individuals, the communities and Eilidh’s friends who gave us so much love and support in our time of need and indeed continue to do so, especially when they were hurting too….’

Read the full ‘Scotsman’ story here.

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