river of life

People of Warrington join together to remember 22 years on

March 19, 2015 | Nick Taylor

The people of Warrington will join together in remembrance on Friday 20th March 2015 to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the IRA bombing in the town that 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 commemoration takes place in the Town Centre at the Bridge Street memorial. Everyone is welcome to attend a short commemoration that will start at 12:15 led by the Revd. Stephen Kingsnorth representing the Warrington Borough Ministry and as Chairman of the Town Centre Management Board. The Mayor and first citizen of Warrington Cllr. Ted Finnegan will attend alongside local politicians and civic leaders. Colin Parry will speak on behalf of the victims and survivors.

The ceremony will end with a reflection and silence and the laying of flowers. Wendy Parry, Tim’s mum, will collect water from the River of Life, a waterfall and sculpture that was erected at the site of the bombing in remembrance, and as a symbol of hope for the future. The River of Life was sculpted with the help of local children by artist Stephen Broadbent who also created a special water carrying vessel that is displayed at the Peace Centre.

The water in the vessel will be taken by Wendy and the Mayor to the Peace Centre where it will water the Peace Tree that is 12 years old and resides in the Centre grounds. The water carried from Bridge Street to the Peace Centre symbolises the ongoing work for peace and reconciliation and the watering coincides with the beginning of Spring and the tree blossoming.

Everyone is welcome at Bridge Street. Please e-mail ann.beswick@foundation4peace.org for further details.