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Bombing 23 year commemoration in Warrington

March 20, 2016 | Nick Taylor

Bombing 23-year commemoration in Warrington

On Sunday 20th March 2016, the people of Warrington came together to remember those affected by the IRA attack in the town 23 years ago.  The incident killed 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball and a young mother, Bronwen Vickers.

56 people were seriously injured and many others affected.

Here are some of the pictures from the day:


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The Bridge Street Memorial Warrington

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People gathering at the memorial

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Children collecting water from the River of Life

Watering the Peace Tree

Watering the Peace Tree with water from the River of Life

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Visitors at the Peace Centre lay flowers at the Peace Tree

Warrington bombing – on Sunday 20 March 2016, the people of Warrington joined together to remember the victims, survivors and those affected by the IRA bombings that took place in the town in 1993.

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.

A short commemoration from 12.15pm was led by the Rev. Stephen Kingsnorth and included a short reflection on behalf of the town and also those that were affected by the events.

The short ceremony ended with a minute reflection and silence and the laying of flowers before water was collected from the River of Life to be taken the short journey to water the 13-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.”

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.

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