Cumbernauld couple believed killed in Tunisia terror attack

Jim and Ann McQuire
Jim and Ann McQuire

A Cumbernauld couple are believed to be among those killed in the terrorist attack on holidaymakers in Tunisia.

Jim and Ann McQuire from the Abronhill area had made a late booking to the resort of Sousse where the gun attack took place on Friday.

It is understood the couple, who had both recently retired, were due to return home on Saturday.

Mr McQuire (66), was a former marine engineer who worked in the shipyards and had volunteered with his local Boys’ Brigade troop for a number of years.

His wife (63), was a medical receptionist before retiring last year.

One neighbour described the couple as “the kindest, most genuinely nice neighbours you could possibly ask for”.

The family development officer at Abronhill Parish Church, where the Boys’ Brigade and Anchor Boys met in Cumbernauld, said: “Everyone here is just in so much shock at the moment.”

The McQuire’s daughter-in-law, Nicola, had earlier expressed frustration at the lack of information on the couple.

Writing on tour operator Thomsons’ Facebook page. she said: “Where can we get information about who has been accounted for?

“My husband has not heard from his parents and can’t get any information from your helpline.”

Around 30 Britons are now thought to have died following the terror attack.