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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.

http://storify.com/peacecentre/peace-centre-community-open-event

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:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lz5ne6210c77dgl/t3WWlGeD5R

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.

http://storify.com/peacecentre/moving-on-young-people-s-radio-event

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.

http://storify.com/peacecentre/colin-and-wendy-parry-visit-stormont

Speech by Junior Minister McCann

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/972affe4-09db-45e2-a93f-7474149f122b/2d9c8670568bef4cf8eee5e30558942c

Speech by Junior Minister Bell

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/89e501bc-ee56-4b04-9ca6-28e61ddab401/083c28d74c682afc9a92be5864db5747

Speech by Nick Taylor, CEO Foundation for Peace

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/6c4b0451-b9d1-48bb-a1d6-0146291d3e6a/f8da10aea60f5ea77ae6a76c4e3dfef3

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:

http://storify.com/peacecentre/the-cost-of-peace-and-the-price-of-extremism

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

One – Opening remarks

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/d838d2ca-a792-4a4c-a024-313051afbcd1/ecec1176a0d5a49be617fb1212b7125f

Two – Conference Introduction

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/a74cdfea-f6a3-4ac2-9e99-7c6b0b1c7a21/f22b26ae0a6ef7c834409ee09badc03c

Three – Building the foundations for peace

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/5a21abc5-d570-40b1-802a-a95a185a14e3/f02f1bc56277c48890f3d247f20b104a

Four – The Cost of Peace and the Price of Extremism

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/dcf57e30-329b-4e6c-a111-50930dfb8084/435b6da7bf6e34b0237fb960704ac24c

Speech by Baroness Newlove, Victims Commissioner

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/12ef1211-c8b2-48eb-bedd-0aa3b0a93aaf/20df21aca3e8ec2dd8ce1de061ab55d3

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

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s94/sh/ec68cac3-214c-4eec-92e5-162c9445bcd1/fdcb3707c440421ae2aee9573267608e

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.

ENDS