Twentieth Anniversary Events Summary

March 27, 2013 | Nick Taylor

Exactly twenty years since the Warrington bombing – led by the council, faith leaders and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace – the local community came together in reflection, commemoration and celebration of two decades of achievement as part of a series of events.

From Saturday 16th March to Wednesday 20th March, the Foundation hosted and staged events aimed at engaging a wide audience from the local community to young people to national politicians to regional business leaders.

The links below lead to a web based ‘story’ of each day and further links to pictures and related files.  We have also included links of highlights for each of the days from key speeches by the new Victims Commissioner to a question of the Prime Minister asked in the House of Commons.

The local, regional, national and international media covered the five days of events.  All the cuttings and broadcasts are accessible through our website – click the ‘in the press’ tab and links are available to a variety of news reports.

Saturday 16th March – Peace Centre Community Open Day

Following a moving commemoration and reflection service at Bridge Street the Peace Centre opened its doors to the entire community attracting 300 people to celebrate the creation of the Foundation, the centre and the spirit of reconciliation shown by Warrington.

Sunday 17th March – BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast from the Peace Centre plus BBC regional stations live broadcasts

In a moving and emotional live broadcast with the Foundation CEO, a paramedic who treated Tim at the scene, an eye witness local restaurant manager, Susan McHugh of Peace 93, council leader at the time John Gartside and Colin and Wendy Parry – the programme created a huge public response.

Please note sound files are no longer available due to BBC copyright restrictions but photos of the broadcast can be found at:

Monday 18th March – Radio City 96.7 and the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace presents Moving On – a radio event for young people

Young people gathered with an expert panel to record a live radio broadcast for transmission in Liverpool and the North West with recordings made available to radio stations in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 19th March – Visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly

At the invitation of the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister, Colin and Wendy Parry accompanied by CEO Nick Taylor and Warrington Councillor Mike Hannon and executive director Joe Blott visited Parliament buildings to address Assembly politicians.  Keynote speeches are linked below.

Speech by Junior Minister McCann

Speech by Junior Minister Bell

Speech by Nick Taylor, CEO Foundation for Peace

Wednesday 20th March – The Cost of Peace and the Price of Extremism Conference

To coincide with budget day, the Foundation released a groundbreaking report supported by a conference bringing together leading thinkers, opinion formers, community and business leaders.  Key speeches are linked below:

Speech(es) by Nick Taylor, CEO Foundation for Peace 

One – Opening remarks

Two – Conference Introduction

Three – Building the foundations for peace

Four – The Cost of Peace and the Price of Extremism

Speech by Baroness Newlove, Victims Commissioner

Prime Ministers Question (PMQ asked by David Mowat MP response David Cameron)

The above links and source material are an overview of five days of very intense activity by the Foundation and we are grateful for any comments and observations.