Helicopter tragedy memorial service

As the news breaks that the helicopter which crashed last week had suffered a catastrophic failure in its part of its main gearbox, details have been announced of the memorial service that is to be held next week.

The service, for the 16 oil workers and crew killed in the disaster, will be attended by HRH Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond.

The service from the Church of St Nicholas in the centre of Aberdeen will be broadcast live at 2pm on Wednesday (April 15), two weeks to the hour after the tragedy.

The service is to be broadcast live on BBC2 and Radio Scotland in Scotland, on BBC Scotland’s digital channel across the UK and around the world on the internet via the BBC website.

Hundreds of people have so far signed the book of condolence in the oil chapel at the Church of St Nicholas. So far, 921 messages have been submitted to on an online Book of Condolence on the Oil Chaplaincy website and a Bebo page entitled Bond Helicopter Tragedy 01/04/09 has been signed by 4,000 members.
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