It was a great shock to I hear on Sunday of the deaths of Colin McRae, Johnny McRae, Ben Porcelli and Graeme Duncan. All came from Lanark, the same small town in Scotland where I was born and grew up. Although I did not know Colin very well, I am fairly sure that I have known members of all the families affected by this tragic accident.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all the families concerned. I know that the entire town will be deeply affected and that the shock has been felt worldwide. None of their names will be forgotten in a hurry.
I was briefly amused that, unusually, this was the second time in a week that Lanark had made the national news here in the UK. Only a few days earlier, a sheep at Lanark Market was tested for foot and mouth disease. The results of the test were fortunately negative.