HeadLine: Holiday Scot died as friends partied
Daily Record, 07/01/2000, p35
by SHAUN MILNE
A SCOTS holidaymaker killed himself while his closest friends were
partying in the room next door.
Gary McLaren, 32, from Armadale, West Lothian, was found hanged by a
pair of shoelaces at a holiday resort in Las Americas, Tenerife.
Just hours earlier Gary, who was unemployed and lived on his own, had
been out with his friends in bars around town.
They told relatives that they thought he had simply gone to bed.
It was only when they walked into his room in the early hours of
Wednesday that they made the grim discovery.
Last night the group were still attempting to get home having been
flown as far as Barcelona only to be stranded having missed their
Craig Anderson, 25, was supposed to be flying out to join the group on
Wednesday after missing the original flight when he lost his passport.
Craig said: “None of us can take it in, we just can’t understand why he
did it. There was no reason for it.
The group booked with holiday company First Choice through
Glasgow-based firm Bearsden Travel.
Relatives said they paid Air 2000 – operated by First Choice – to fly
them to Barcelona after the death so they could catch an EasyJet flight
back to Britain.
But their plane was delayed causing them to miss their flight and stay
overnight in Barcelona.
Carrie Ann’s dad Stanley Machnick said: “They’ve just been dumped there.
“It looks like First Choice were just glad to get rid of them from the
resort and now they’re stranded.”
Last night a First Choice spokeswoman said they would have arranged
flights for the group if they had been able to contact them before they
booked the EasyJet flights.
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