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Everyone is welcome as Peace Centre opens its doors to the public

March 12, 2013 | Nick Taylor

One of Warrington’s most iconic buildings will open its doors and invite the local community to join a day of reflection and celebration to coincide with the town’s 20th anniversary commemorations of the bombing that killed Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball, injured 54 others and affected many more people.

 The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre will be open this Saturday 16th March from 14:00 to 17:00 and there will be activities for all the family.  The centre will be fully open so that the community can see behind the scenes, learn about the work of the Foundation for Peace.

Everyone is welcome and there will be a theatre hosting talks and performances, a ‘peace of cake’ demonstration, arts activities (from origami to snowflakes!), reflection events, access to the grounds and young people’s play area (weather permitting), giant chess and connect 4 and the opportunity to see the facilities including the residential quarters.  There will be all sorts of food on offer as well as quiet areas set aside for those people who want a moment’s reflection on the day.

Local Warrington poet, Terry Caffrey will be inviting the visitors to have fun with words and reciting some of his work.  Terry is the resident poet at the National Football Museum and wrote some of the music for London 2012 and works with organisations such as schools and prisons right across the country.  The Houghton Weavers will be performing and having banter with the visitors.  The group played at the very first fund raising concert following the bombing and will be leading a series of local artists who will perform during the afternoon.

The Warrington Youth Club (Team WYC) will be on hand to manage activities and young people will be able to find out about their services offered at the centre.

Nick Taylor Foundation Chief Executive extended the invitation to the community to join in: “I want as many people as possible to come and join us on Saturday.  This is a great way for the community to join together and celebrate the good that came from such a dreadful event.

“The day will be one of commemoration but also one to celebrate Warrington’s response.  From cakes to poets to musicians; the centre will be full  of people and we are looking forward to a great afternoon”

There is an attendance capacity and entry is free but guests must book in advance at http://peacecentreopenday.eventbrite.co.uk/# – Parking is available at St Gregorys School next door and an overflow at Crosfields Recreation Club.  Parking for those with disabilities available adjacent to the Centre.