Bombing victims remembered in England

Published Saturday, 16 March 2013
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Hundreds of people have observed a minute's silence in England to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of two young boys in an IRA bombing.

Bombing victims remembered in England
Doves are released during an event commemorating the bombing. (© PA)

Twenty doves were released during the civic event to commemorate the Warrington bombing on 20 March 1993, which instantly killed three-year-old Jonathan Ball.

Tim Parry, aged 12, was the second victim when he died five days later.

A further 56 people were injured in the blast at Cheshire town's shopping centre, from bombs placed in litter bins.

No warning was given and nobody has been prosecuted for the attack.

Addressing the crowd on Saturday, Tim's father, Colin, said what began as an act of terrorism led to a change in attitudes on both sides of the divide.

Mr Parry and his wife set up the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace in the aftermath, which he said has helped build bridges between divided communities by working towards peace and reconciliation.

The Mayor of Lisburn, Alderman William Leathem, also attended the event.

He said he was there to pay tribute to "the people of Warrington for their determination and resolve over the last 20 years."

A further minute's silence is to be held on Wednesday at 12.27pm - exactly 20 years on since the bombing.

© UTV News
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5 Comments
Lee in Belfast wrote (586 days ago):
SF/IRA should release all the information they have on this child-killing incident , bring the bombers to justice.
Tommy Atkins in London,England wrote (587 days ago):
May. these victims and other victims be always remembered in this dignified manner.R.I.P.
Kieran in Belfast wrote (587 days ago):
Pax domini
Bobby in Hellfast wrote (587 days ago):
They will never stand trial now
SADDENED in Falls Road ( IRELAND ) wrote (587 days ago):
Colin Parry, As a father i applaud you for your braveary, im not sure if i could forgive anyone who done this on my child. Your and your family must be very strong. Its a very bad thing that happened, Just like when my friend Patrick Rooney was shot in the divis flats in the lower falls area.Theres not a day goes by, that i dont think of him.Many young people died during they conflict, But its people like Colin Parry, who have brought thesixcounties to where we are today. THANK YOU.
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