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Foundation to attend Madrid bombings 10th Anniversary

March 9, 2014 | Nick Taylor

On 11th March 2014, a Peace Centre delegation will be in Madrid, Spain to attend the official memorial following the 2004 Madrid train bombings (also known in Spain as 11-m) and to be present at the European Commission’s 10th European Day on Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism.

Jo Dover, a programme manager at the Foundation, will be joined by John Gartside, a Foundation board director and trustee and Graham Foulkes who works in support of the Foundation. Graham’s son, David, was killed in the London 7/7 bombings.

The Madrid bombings occurred on the morning of 11 March 2004 on the Cercanias commuter train network and killed 191 people and injuring 1800, affecting many thousands of people.

Our delegation will carry a special plaque donated by Warrington Council to convey our thoughts to the people of Madrid. The plaque will be presented by John Gartside who was the Council Leader in Warrington during the time of the 1993 IRA bombings in the town.

Our team will attend a European Commission reception in the presence of Stefano Manservisi, Director-General DG Home Affairs. They will visit the opening of an exhibition “Europe Against Terrorism: The Glance of the Victim,” in the presence of Spain’s Minister of Home Affairs, the President of the region of Madrid, the Mayor of Madrid and the President of Spain’s Fundacion de Victimas del Terrorismo. On 11th March there will be a Catholic Mass in the presence of the Spanish Royal Family and other authorities at the Almudena Cathedral and then memorial services at various locations that are poignant to the multiple attacks. This will be followed in the evening by an official memorial concert.