Tributes have been paid to a couple who died in a fire at a luxury hotel near Loch Lomond.
Simon Midgley and Richard Dyson died after the blaze broke out at the Cameron House Hotel on Monday morning.
John Payne, from the Hope Church in Harrogate, said Richard’s parents were members of the congregation and have asked for prayers to be said for the family.
In a Facebook post, Mr Payne wrote: ‘I’m afraid I’m writing with the tragic news that Roger Dyson’s son was one of the fatalities in the Loch Lomond fire.
‘As you can imagine both Roger and Val are devastated. They have asked us to pray for them and the family.
‘Please pray for them, for the God of all comfort to make his presence so powerfully known in the midst of their pain.
‘Our hearts go out to them and I’m sure they’d welcome your love and support at this awful time.’
More than 200 guests were evacuated from the hotel while emergency services dealt with the incident after the alarm was raised at 6.40am.
Simon’s sister posted a picture of her brother and his partner on Facebook, while Stephen Midgley wrote: ‘My cousin and his partner. I’m beyond heartbroken. Xxx.’
Kate Baxter wrote on Twitter: ‘Such unbearably sad news.. RIP @SimonMidgleyPR, a shining star in our wonderfully close-knit industry.’
Simon had posted pictures from around Glasgow on social media over the weekend and on Sunday added an image of Cameron House to Instagram with the comment ‘home for the weekend!’
Tributes have also been posted on the account, with one person writing: ‘Just heartbreaking news – so so sad can’t quite believe it love to both families at this very sad time’ and another saying ‘Love and strength to both families at this incredibly difficult time xx’.
According to his Facebook page, Simon was a freelance journalist at the London Evening Standard and ran his own PR company, while Richard is believed to be a TV producer.
In a tribute to journalist Simon, who worked as a freelance writer for the Evening Standard, former chancellor and current editor of the paper, George Osborne, said he would miss his ‘adventurous spirit’.
Mr Osborne said: ‘The team here are very sad to hear the awful news about Simon and Richard.
‘We will miss Simon’s adventurous spirit. Everyone sends our thoughts and prayers to his family at this impossible time.’
The Royal Holloway University of London also paid tribute to Richard, who was a former student.
They said: ‘We are very sorry to hear of the death of our alumnus Richard Dyson, who was tragically killed with his partner in a fire on Monday at the Cameron House Hotel. Condolences to his & Simon’s families.
The hotel is a popular wedding venue and houses the Michelin-starred Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond restaurant.
In a statement published on its website on Monday, Cameron House said it would remain closed to arriving guests for at least three days.
Mr Roger said the hotel had made arrangements for the majority of guests to travel home or to continue with their breaks.
He paid tribute to all the Cameron House staff and thanked members of the UK hospitality industry and the local community for their support and guests for their patience.
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