Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow helicopter crash: Comedy show for Clutha tragedy fund

Helicopter being removed from The Clutha
Image caption The helicopter crashed into the Clutha bar last Friday night

A major comedy show will be held three days before Christmas to raise cash for bereaved families and survivors of the Clutha helicopter tragedy in Glasgow.

More than a dozen comedians - including two "big names" - will perform at the city's O2 Academy on 22 December.

Money raised will go to the Lord Provost's Clutha Appeal Fund.

Nine people died and 32 others were injured when the Police Scotland aircraft came down on the busy city centre pub at 22:25 on 29 November.

Comedy gig organiser Alan Anderson said he felt compelled to do something after hearing about the "awful" tragedy.

'Legendary bar'

He said: "It's such a legendary bar. Almost every Glaswegian will have sunk a pint there in there. Many comedians will have gigged there. It's an institution.

"Like many people I just wanted to do something to help. It made sense to organise a fundraising gig."

Image caption (Top row left to right) David Traill (pilot), PC Kirsty Nelis, PC Tony Collins; (Middle) Gary Arthur, Samuel McGhee, John McGarrigle; (Bottom) Colin Gibson, Mark O'Prey, Robert Jenkins

Mr Anderson said that as soon as he started asking for comedians to help he was "inundated" with replies.

The line up includes Janey Godley, Des McLean, Des Clarke, Gary Little, Mark Nelson, Bruce Morton, Stu Who, Scott Agnew, Susie McCabe, Billy Kirkwood, The Wee Man, Ashley Storrie and music from River City's Tom Urie.

"We have the very best in Scottish comedy donating their time for free," said Mr Anderson.

"We also have some really, really big names coming forward, but I can't reveal their names at the moment.

"It's incredible that despite this being one of the busiest times for comedians they've all given their time up for free because they all want to do something."

The nine people who died in the Clutha tragedy were Robert Jenkins, 61; Mark O'Prey, 44; Colin Gibson, 33; John McGarrigle, 57; Samuel McGhee, 56; Gary Arthur, 48; helicopter pilot David Traill, 51; and PCs Kirsty Nelis, 36, and Tony Collins, 43.

Two separate inquiries into the crash are being conducted by Police Scotland and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Glasgow City Council launched the Lord Provost's Clutha Appeal to raise funds for bereaved families and survivors who find themselves in hardship.