Local accountant tells BBC TV of daughter’s escape from beach gunmen in Tunisian massacre

Whaley Bridge accountant Glenn Leathley told BBC News of the dramatic escape his daughter Olivia and her boyfriend Mike had after fleeing the bullets in the Tunisian beach massacre.

Glenn received three dramatic phone calls from Olivia, on holiday in Sousse, Tunisia. In the first call, at about 12 noon on Friday (26 June) she was crying as she told of the gunfire on the beach. Glenn told her she must find somewhere safe.

Five minutes later, there was another phone call from Olivia. She said gunmen were in the hotel lobby. She and her boyfriend began running to find a hiding place. The final call, some time later, said they were safe.

Glenn’s firm, Chronicle Accountants, has been based in Market Street, Whaley Bridge for a number of years.

Glenn is a familiar face in Whaley Bridge. Over the years he has been a supporter of local events and organisations, including the Water Weekend. He is a former director of the Whaley Bridge based voluntary service, High Peak CVS.


Glenn Leathley


On his LinkedIn page, Glenn writes: “I have eight children and one lovely and quite amazing wife, Cathy. This takes up quite a lot of my time!

“I enjoy my work very much, especially meeting the clients and seeing my staff grow in their capabilities. We have a happy family firm here in Whaley Bridge and I love being in the heart of the village.”

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