Spence farm deaths ‘devastating tragedy’

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Derry Mayor Kevin Campbell yesterday signed a book of condolence for three members of a Co. Down family who died in a tragic farming accident last weekend.

The book was opened at City of Derry Rugby Club following the deaths of three members of the Spence family who lost their lives in a slurry pit accident on the family farm near Hillsborough.

The book will remain open at the Judges Road venue until Sunday for members of the public to sign.

The funerals of Noel Spence and his two sons, Graham and Nevin, took place on Wednesday at Ballynahinch Baptist Church.

Nevin Spence played for the Ulster Rugby team and represented Ireland in a game against the Barbarians last year.

Mayor Campbell said he was deeply shocked and saddened by the deaths and was keen to show his support for the Spence family and the local community in Co. Down.

He said that, as well as signing the book of condolence, he will be sending a letter to the Spence family on behalf of the people of Derry expressing sympathy and offering support.

“This is a devastating tragedy that has struck at the heart of everyone. The thoughts of everyone are with them as they try to comprehend their loss.”

The three members of the Spence family who died were described at their funeral as “best friends”.