WE are certainly living in uncertain times during the Coronavirus pandemic and whatever I write today on the 27th anniversary of the Warrington Bombing, is likely to be over taken by events.
What I do know is this pandemic is impacting on all our lives and no one knows when we will return to any kind of normality.
My heart goes out to those who are suffering. It is having a huge impact on the global economy and many local businesses are suffering and will be wondering if they have a future.
Here at warrington-worldwide we will do our best to ride the storm and continue providing news updates online as and when we can. We will also do our best to support the local business community and the many charity and community groups we have worked with for more than two decades.Warrington has a fantastic community spirit and has shown resilience in the past overcoming adversity like we did after the Warrington bombing and I am sure we will again.
It is now more important than ever that we stand strong as a community, follow Government advice and provide support for our loved ones and neighbours during these difficult times. It is also more important than ever that we try and support local businesses and shop local as and when we can – without the panic buying that has been going on. We must also be there for the vulnerable people in our society and offer help and support whenever we can.
Hopefully when things do return to normal, we will bounce back even stronger as a community and be able to show our appreciation to all those in the health and emergency services who are working so hard in our time of need. These people are truly putting their lives on the line to help us.
Meanwhile today was the 27th anniversary of the Warrington Bombing which claimed the lives of 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball and later Bronwen Vickers.
The usual commemoration service was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. As a result a near deserted Bridge Street had an eerie feel, similar to that terrible day 27-years ago. Despite pledges from the Government the Peace Foundation set up in memory of the boys has still not had confirmation of funding to keep their vital work ongoing and is now facing possible closure in just over a week.
I truly hope this funding can be confirmed ASAP to keep the legacy of the boys alive as Warrington showed good can triumph over evil.
Meanwhile I had the opportunity earlier today to catch up with Warrington South MP Andy Carter to discuss the legacy of the Peace Foundation and the latest situation with the Coronavirus pandemic – the full interview can be viewed below.