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Bridge Street once again silent as Warrington remembers IRA bomb attack

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VIDEO: TWENTY-EIGHT years ago today marks one of the darkest days in Warrington’s history when an IRA bomb attack claimed the lives of two young boys on Bridge Street and injured more than 50 shoppers, all innocent victims of a cowardly terrorist attack.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a near-empty Bridge Street was once again silent, with a similar eerie feel to that atrocity that took the young lives of 12-year-old Tim Parry and Three-year-old Johnathan Ball and a year later young mum Bronwen Vickers, who lost her leg in the bombing.
More than 50 other shoppers were injured and along with their injuries carried the mental scars, along with those from the emergency services who had never witnessed anything of its kind before.
No one has ever been brought to justice for the bombing and many still ask Why Warrington?
Whatever the reason, Warrington’s response as a town, suddenly thrown into the international spotlight, was one of dignity – and while many will have felt anger, the overall response was one of dignity.



Thanks to the efforts of Warrington Borough Council, peace campaigners Colin and Wendy Parry and many other civic leaders and peace campaigners, Warrington offered the hand of peace reconciliation, leading to the creation of the Peace Centre and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.
Warrington led the way in the peace process which led to the Good Friday agreement and Colin and Wendy’s dream of creating a living memorial to the boys became a reality. Johnathan’s parents Wilf and Marie Ball are sadly no longer here.
The pioneering work of the charity continues to this day and while for the second year running no public event could be held due to lockdown, an online event took place yesterday.
Today, as Warrington remembers, Bridge Street was again near silent as the River of Life, created in memory of the boys, continued to flow in the hope that good will continue to triumph over evil.

The River of Life memorial on Bridge Street

Remembering the day two young boys went to town and never came home

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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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