In Scotland today (Tuesday) more than 1,200 people attended a Requiem Mass in St. Andrew's?
In Scotland today (Tuesday) more than 1,200 people attended a Requiem Mass in St. Andrew's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Glasgow, in memory of the 66 who died in the football disaster there on Saturday (2 Jan.). Members of both Glasgow football clubs and relatives of some of the dead took part in the service.
The service was conducted by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, the Most Reverend James Scanlan, who described the tragedy as "an appalling and unexpected disaster".
In addition to more than, 1,200 in the congregation, hundreds more were unable to find room and stood outside the cathedral. The city of Glasgow, was represented by the Lord Provost (mayor), and the congregation included people of many denominations.
Players and managers of the two football clubs whose clash ended on disaster were present; Celtic represented by manager Jock Stein and members of the team; Rangers by players and officials headed by manager Willie Waddell.
It was at the annual fixture between these two great clubs, always at time of high excitement in football-mad Glasgow, that disaster struck in the closing minutes of the match. The tension between the supporters is heightened by religious differences Celtic supporters being costly Catholic and Rangers supporters predominantly Protestant.
Today's service, though Catholic in form brought members of both communities and supporters of both clubs together in remembrance of the 66 who died at the Rangers' ground, Ibrox Park, on Saturday.