Our communities reacted when called upon

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume

The tragic case of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has filled many column inches already and, as the story unfolds, it will continue to dominate the headlines.

The attention of the world was focused first on Edinburgh and then Kirkcaldy as the increasingly desperate search for the toddler ended in the worst way possible.

Many tears were shed as the news filtered through that a body had been found.

And, during my many years in journalism, I have rarely witnessed a press conference as emotionally charged as the one in which the devastating discovery was confirmed.

It will be many weeks before we discover what really happened during those fateful few days, but what did impress me through the whole episode was how communities rallied round when help was needed.

Hundreds turned out to take part in the search – many travelling many miles to play their part – dozens more attended a memorial service to remember little Mikaeel and, both in Kirkcaldy and around his home in Edinburgh, floral tributes grew rapidly.

It is heartening to see that, even in this day and age, when many of us barely know our neighbours’ names, when the call goes out communities will still rally round.