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Owner plans Clutha's future

THE owner of the Clutha is planning to write to the families of victims who died in the tragedy to ask for their views on the rebuilding of the pub.

Allan Crossan, who has owned the bar in Glasgow's Stockwell Street for 12 years, said the rebuild would be a "community" effort. Ten people died when a police helicopter crashed into the roof of the building on November 29.

Mr Crossan said he would contact relatives in the new year for their input and ask for their views on a possible memorial within the bar. He said: "It's more than just me that's got to do it. It's got to be a community thing. Maybe someone will want to do something for their loved one so we'll try to do that."

His comments came as an album featuring the band Esperanza, who were playing on stage when the helicopter crashed into the Clutha, was launched to raise money for bereaved families and survivors.

Songs by seven bands who regularly performed in the venue are included on the album, which costs £5, and all proceeds will go to the Clutha Appeal Fund set up by Glasgow City Council.

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