One of the most sickening atrocities of the Troubles happened twenty years ago today, on the 20th March 1993, in Warrington, England. After an inadequate warning, two bombs planted by the Provisional IRA exploded on Bridge St on a busy Saturday morning. Two young children were killed; three year old Johnathan Bell died instantly, and twelve year old Tim Parry died some days later in hospital.
Sickenly, yet typically, the IRA blamed the British authorities for their deaths:
Whilst the bombing will always stand as a testimony to Provo savagery, at least some good did come from the horror. The people of Ireland made their voices crystal clear in the "Peace 93" rallies, and Colin Parry, the father of Tim, set up the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, to promote peace and understanding between the UK and Ireland.Responsibility for the tragic and deeply regrettable death and injuries caused in Warrington yesterday lies squarely at the door of those in the British authorities who deliberately failed to act on precise and adequate warnings
Foundation for Peace
Hopefully these islands will never witness such horror again.