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Remembering the Warrington bombing 24 years on

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THE people of Warrington will come together to remember the victims, survivors and those affected by the IRA bombings that took place in the town in 1993 at a special commemoration service next Monday (March 20).

Everyone is welcome to attend a short commemoration from 12.15pm led by the Rev. Stephen Kingsnorth alongside the Mayor of Warrington, Councillor Faisal Rashid, and include a short reflection on behalf of the town and those people that were affected by the events.

The explosion in March 1993 killed three-year-old Johnathan Ball and 12-year-old Tim Parry, led to the death of Bronwen Vickers, injured 54 others and affected many thousands of people.Timjonathanlogo CIRCLE.jpg

Due to the Bridge Street Quarter improvement works, access to the memorial plaque is restricted and everyone should gather by the ‘guardian’ sculptures at the top of Bridge Street at its junction with Market Street. Please observe all safety advice close to the construction zone. The commemoration will take place by the River of Life and there will be an area to lay flowers.

The short ceremony will end with a minute reflection and silence and the laying of flowers before water is collected from the River of Life to be taken the short journey to water the 14-year-old Peace Tree in the Great Sankey centre’s grounds.

Nick Taylor, Chief Executive of the charitable foundation set up in memory of the boys who lost their lives in the Warrington bombing said: “This event is about remembering and reflecting but also is carried out in a very firm sense of hope for the future that what happened in Warrington never happens again.

“The water carried from Bridge Street to the Peace Centre symbolises the ongoing work for peace and reconciliation and coincides with the beginning of spring and the peace tree blossoming.”

Everyone is welcome at Bridge Street to commemorate the Warrington bombing and to join the charity for light refreshments at the Peace Centre.

The Foundation’s Survivors Assistance Network supports those people in Britain who may have been affected by terrorism. Team members will be available during this period to speak to anybody affected by the Warrington bombing who may wish to share their experiences or seek their support.

For more information contact SAN@foundation4peace.org. To find out more about the work of the Foundation log onto www.foundation4peace.org

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Experienced journalist for more than 35 years. Managing Director of magazine publishing group with six in-house titles and on-line daily newspaper for Warrington. Experienced writer, photographer, PR consultant and media expert having written for local, regional and national newspapers. Specialties: PR, media, social networking, photographer, networking, advertising, sales, media crisis management. Patron Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace. Trustee Warrington Disability Partnership. Former Chairman of Warrington Town FC.

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