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Warrington bombing – 26th anniversary event

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TWENTY six years on from the Warrington bombing members of the public are invited to attend a service of Remembrance on Bridge Street, tomorrow, (Wednesday March 20).

Members of the public are invited to attend the event on Bridge Street, when blessing will be given by Afthkar Qayyum, General Secretary of the Warrington Council of Faiths.

It will be a time for reflection on one of the darkest days in the town’s history, when an IRA bomb claimed the lives of 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball and injured more than 50 shoppers.

Knutsford mother Bronwen Vickers later died as a result of her injuries.

Following the tragedy peace campaigners Colin and Wendy Parry, supported by Johnathan’s late parents, Wilf and Marie Ball, campaigned for the boys memories to be kept alive by the creation of the Warringtpn Peace Centre, which is now home to the Foundation for Peace Charity.

Members of the public are invited to gather on Bridge Street.

Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Karen Mundry, said: “We will never forget that dark day 26 years ago, and the huge impact it had on everyone in our borough, and beyond.

“Out of the terrible tragedy came a commitment from everyone to work together towards peace. The annual commemorations are about remembering the victims of the bombing, honouring the bravery of families and reaffirming our commitment – and our sense of hope for the future – that what happened in 1993 never happens again.”

• 11:50 – 12:20 gather at Bridge Street – River of Life.
• 12.27 – Minute’s silence
• 12.28 – speeches
• 12:40 – laying of daffodils at the memorial
• 12.50 – collect water from the River of Life

 

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