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Clutha owner to consult families on rebuilding bar

Rescuers lift the police helicopter wreckage from the roof of the The Clutha earlier this month. Picture: Getty

Rescuers lift the police helicopter wreckage from the roof of the The Clutha earlier this month. Picture: Getty

THE OWNER of the Glasgow pub where 10 people died after a helicopter crashed on the roof will write to families of the victims of last month’s disaster to canvas their views on whether it should be rebuilt.

The Clutha bar, owned by Alan Crossan, says he intends to get in touch with relatives of those who died to propose a possible memorial within the bar.

He said: “It’s more than just me that’s got to do it. It’s got to be a community thing. Maybe someone will want to do something for their loved one so we’ll try to do that.”

The publican’s comments came as a charity album featuring ska band Esparanza, who were playing at the bar at the time of the disaster, and other acts associated with the stricken bar on Glasgow’s Stockwell Street.

All eight bands featured on the CD have called on people who buy the album to commemorate the victims by playing Esparanza song ‘Be Brave’ on Friday 27 December at 10.25pm, four weeks to the minute from the time of the crash.

Bass player Jess Combe, 24, told the Daily Record: “This is something positive. It’s endorsed by The Clutha and Alan, so we’re proud to be involved. There are lives lost and there are still people in intensive care who are going to be physically handicapped.

“Some families lost their main breadwinners, or if they are in hospital they might not be able to work again. We hope this will ease the pain and help to rebuild.”

The CD, which costs £5, will raise money for survivors and the families of those who died. All proceeds will go to the Clutha Appeal Fund.

The Clutha Sessions will be available in independent music stores across the city as well as ASDA’s west of Scotland stores. The album

will also be available on iTunes and the usual download sites. More information at thecluthasessions.com

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