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Scottish girl, 6 years old, stranded in Australia after travel plans thrown into chaos by the coronavirus

A Scottish grandfather “lives in hope” who will soon reunite with his six-year-old granddaughter who is stuck in Australia.

Cumbernauld’s Lilly McCallum traveled to Perth with her father David, 27, on March 7 to attend a family wedding.

The duo were scheduled to start flying home on March 23, but their travel plans had been thrown into chaos after their flight was blocked due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Lilly had been to Perth, Australia, for a family wedding

They managed to book a second flight the following day, but soon discovered that their connecting flight to Dubai had been demolished.

Grandfather Alex Carslaw said his beloved grandson is now waiting at the airport with his father and girlfriend in the hope that they will soon be able to secure a flight.

He said, “Lilly’s mom, my daughter, is in absolute pieces.

“They faced the times but last weekend was particularly difficult because it was Mother’s Day. He just had to get over it.

“We are just living in the hope that something will happen soon. But it is not going this way right now.

Lilly with her grandfather Alex

“Lilly has a little sister Maisie who is only two and a half years old, so she really has no idea what is going on.

“But she really misses her sister. We just want her home.”

Worried mom Melissa, 25, added: “It’s really difficult because nobody really knows what’s going on everywhere right now. For me, it’s just a case where I want it at home.

“See if we knew when she would be back and what would happen if in a week or two, but she would be back, then it would be fine.

“But now we don’t know. It’s also difficult because I’m struggling to keep in touch with his father because of the time difference. It was really very difficult.

“Obviously he is doing everything he can, but now we are at a loss.

“I don’t really know how I can help and I really can’t because I’m here and she is there.

“He will have the time of his life, he will be there without worrying about the world, loving life and becoming spoiled.

Lilly with her father David McCallum, 27 years old.

“But it is when reality takes over that it could be for a long time and it is then that he will probably start to lose home and will not realize that things are no longer a holiday.

“Her little sister is here who is asking for her like every single day.”

Melissa is also afraid that her daughter will travel through two airports to return home and risk being exposed to the virus.

He added: If he gets home, he will be on a plane full of people which is really quite worrying.

“Everyone just wants to stay in the doors now and this isn’t an option for her. It’s worrying.”

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the House of Commons that the High Commission in Australia is working with airports, airlines and the government to keep airspace open.

He added that they have also opened a register of British citizens hoping to return to the UK.

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