Published: 07/04/2018 19:00 - Updated: 06/04/2018 13:49

Garden honour for couple in loch crash

Written byHector MacKenzie

A BOOK of remembrance has been opened at a world-famous Wester Ross visitor attraction in tribute to two former employees killed in a tragic car accident.

Ross McCrimmon (44) and partner Rose Bassett (48) were returning home to Poolewe last Monday when the red Honda Civic they were travelling in left the A832 and crashed in to Little Loch Broom near Ardessie at around 3.45pm.

The couple, who worked at Inverewe Garden run by the National Trust for Scotland near Poolewe, died in the accident,

Operations manager Kevin Frediani said: "While the news of the tragedy has unfolded, we have been mindful of the love that both Rose and Ross had for our property, for the pleasure it brought to others and of their contributions here, where Rose was on first-name terms with many repeat visitors or through the photographs Ross took and shared with the world through our Facebook account.

"This is a terribly cruel loss of young lives, two people very much in love with each other and the landscape they called home and shared with the community.

"Their loss is felt by everyone who knew them and we send our heartfelt condolences to their family at this difficult time.

"We will be opening a book of remembrance at the visitor centre. All will be welcome to make a contribution of goodwill and remember the good they left behind them."

Mr McCrimmon was a gardener and Rose worked in the visitor services department.

It is understood that no other vehicle was involved in the accident. Workers on a nearby fish farm are believed to have seen the accident, which prompted attendance from police, fire and ambulance services.

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