m62 memorial

Families and those affected by the M62 bombing come together

January 31, 2015 | Nick Taylor

On Sunday 1st February 2015, Ann Beswick and Donna Craine, from the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace will attend a memorial service for the 12 people who lost their lives in the 1974 M62 coach bombing.

The team will lay a wreath on behalf of the Foundation and will be offering support for those affected by the attack which includes the families of those killed, veterans as well as emergency service personnel.

The Foundation supports those affected by terrorism and politically motivated violence through the delivery of a range of events throughout the UK but principally at the Peace Centre in Warrington.

We bring survivors together to share their experiences and support each other’s welfare. Through this process and a project called Survivors for Peace people overcome their trauma and use their experience positively within their own lives and wider community.

The Foundation for Peace also worked with Mo Norton, whose brother Terence Griffin was killed in the attack, in her campaign to have the memorial moved from its original position and to have errors corrected on the plaque. Mo went on to become an active supporter of the work of the Foundation and is involved in many of our events.  Our thoughts are with Mo this weekend and all the families and people affected.

The Ceremony at Hartshead Moor

The memorial plaque is on the Westbound carriageway of the M62 at Hartshead Moor Services and each year a ceremony takes place on the nearest Sunday to the anniversary of the event.

The ceremony takes place outside and anyone attending should dress and plan accordingly given the exposed location of Hartshead Moor.  Parking is limited free duration and controlled by ‘auto number plate recognition’ cameras at the service station.  To avoid penalty charges, the organisers of the event have advised those attending to register their car registration at the shop upon entering the main building on the left hand side.

Any ex-service personnel planning to attend the event are asked to form up by 10:45 (be there for 10:30).

M62 bombing

The M62 coach bombing happened on 4 February 1974 on the M62 motorway in northern England, when a Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb exploded in a coach carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel and their family members. Twelve people (nine soldiers, three civilians) were killed by the bomb, which consisted of 25 pounds (11 kg) of high explosive hidden in a luggage locker on the coach.

(c) 2015 Survivors for Peace, a project of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.  Co-funded by the Cabinet Office – Office for Civil Society.

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