PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has given his assurances to Warrington South MP Andy Carter that he will do everything he can to ensure funding continues for the town’s Peace Foundation.
Mr Carter quizzed Mr Johnson during Prime Minister’s Questions.
Mentioning that it was the 15th annual memorial of victims of terrorism throughout Europe, Andy spoke on how people across Warrington would be commemorating the 27th anniversary of the IRA terrorist attack in the town next week.
Asking the Prime Minister if he would join him in commending its work and agree to ensure that its funding continues, Andy mentioned how the Peace Foundation has worked tirelessly to provide the national support service for victims of terrorism in Great Britain.
Warrington South MP Andy Carter said:
Today is the 15th annual day in memory of victims of terrorism across Europe
Next week in my constituency, Warrington South, we’ll commemorate the 27th anniversary of the IRA terrorist attack in my town, which killed two children
Over the last quarter of a century the Peace Foundation, based in Warrington, has worked tirelessly to provide the national support service for victims of terrorism in Great Britain
Will the Prime Minister join with me in commending their work and in agreeing to ensure their funding continues?
He added: “The Peace Centre does so much valuable work, work that I want to ensure carries on for generations, which is why I asked the Prime Minister about funding. I was therefore delighted that the Prime Minister not only commended their work but gave his assurances on funding.”
On hearing the news in the wake of his own comments earlier in the day The Peace Foundation’s Chief Executive Nick Taylor said: “Next week we commemorate the 27th anniversary of the Warrington bombing, in 2020 it is the 25th anniversary of the charity set up in memory of Tim and Johnathan and the 20th anniversary of the Peace Centre opening.
“Successive Prime Ministers from Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa May have supported our efforts here in Warrington and now Boris Johnson has done the same.
“This is a great tribute to all in Warrington who lead the work for peace. We will work closely with the Prime Minister’s team to look at how we can sustainably fund this work, and I would also put on record our gratitude to the Warrington South MP, Andy Carter, who is working tirelessly with us to ensure that happens.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
I certainly commend the work of all those working on the Warrington Peace Centre and we will do everything we can to ensure the funding continues.
*Next Friday the 20th March 2020 marks the 27th anniversary of the Warrington bombing. As has become the custom, at 11:45hrs a group from the Peace Centre will gather at the River of Life Memorial on Bridge Street, where they will be joined by the Mayor of Warrington, a small number of Council Officials, victims and survivors of the attack and members of the public.
A few words will be said and there will be a laying of wreaths and flowers. Water will be taken from the River of Life and transported back to the Foundation for Peace where a small ceremony of watering the Peace Tree will take place.