Advertiser columnist just misses attack

Ian Gardner, pictured at Rosslyn Chapel

Ian Gardner, pictured at Rosslyn Chapel

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Midlothian Advertiser tourism columnist Ian Gardner was just minutes away from being caught up in last week’s terror attack in Nice.

Ian, chairman of Midlothian Tourism Forum and director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, was on holiday in the French resort with his family when a terrorist drove a truck through crowds celebrating Bastille Day, killing 84 people.

Ian, speaking the day after the attack, said: “We’re all fine although shocked by what has happened. We left the Promenade des Anglais just after the firework display last night, so around 10.30pm which seems to have been a little before the attack. I’m relieved to say that we were away from the scene before it began.

“We’ve been out for a walk this morning and unsurprisingly there is a very sombre atmosphere in the city.”

Midlothian Council lowered its flag to half mast as a mark of respect. Provost, Councillor Joe Wallace (SNP), said:“We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. I am deeply saddened by this tragedy and we stand in solidarity with the people of France.”