Thursday 25th May
The family of a teenager from the Western Isles have paid tribute to their daughter, after she died in the Manchester terror attack. 14 year old Eilidh MacLeod from Barra had been missing since going to the Ariana Grande concert with her 15 year old friend Laura MacIntyre, who remains in intensive care. Eilidh’s parents say she was “vivacious” and “full of fun” and that they are devastated at losing their darling daughter.
Computer and phone problems have caused disruption at Aberdeen’s biggest hospital. NHS Grampian confirmed that an upgrade to the IT system at Forresterhill led to staff being locked out of their files for more than three hours. However, the work wasn’t linked to the recent cyber attack on the NHS. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary remained open to patients, although work in the hospital's labs and other departments was halted by the glitch.
Aberdeen city centre has been transformed into a racing circuit for the day. The Tour Series is going to be in the Granite City for the first time. Elite cyclists will compete in the event at 7.30pm with three time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy among the competitors. Thousands of people are expected to line the 1.2 kilometre route, which covers Union Street and Rosemount Viaduct. However, the racing begins at 1 o’clock this afternoon with an Active Schools Youth race. There are also senior and corporate races before tonight’s big event.
It’s likely Aberdeen Football Club will have to wait until the autumn to find out if their proposed new stadium and training facility will get the go-ahead. The planned £50 million development at Kingsford was due to be presented to the City Council next month. But it’s expected to be pushed back until October following requests from the council and consultees for more information about the proposals, including more environmental surveys.
Financial problems have led to the collapse of the Peterhead Projects charity, with the loss of 10 jobs. The trust was set up in 2009 with the aim of regenerating the town. It was based at the Trading Post store in Marischal Street and ran three charity shops. A petition has been submitted to Peterhead Sheriff Court to wind up the trust and it’s expected to go into provisional liquidation in the next few days.
A 1,000 signature petition to keep night watchmen at Macduff Harbour has been presented to Aberdeenshire Council. There’s been widespread opposition to the local authority’s plan to replace the watchmen with CCTV, with fishermen arguing that having a harbour employee on duty through the night is vital for safety. The council had been proposing the change because there’s significantly less commercial activity now compared to when the posts were created. The move was initially expected to be implemented at the beginning of the month, but it will now be reviewed on the 1st June.
One of the world’s biggest dredgers has docked at Peterhead Harbour to mark the start of a major £50 million development. The project entails the strengthening and deepening of the port, widening of the harbour entrance, demolition works and improved services throughout, including creating a bigger fishmarket. The Peterhead Port Authority says it’s a milestone for the dredger to arrive and get the project underway.