Birmingham pub bombings: 38 years on - Birmingham MailI can smell bacon cooking. I didn’t know it then but that was the smell of burnt hair, bodies and dying people. I was about ten foot away from the bomb as it went off, and in the smoke and dust filled darkness, although I can’t hear them, there are dead and dying people all around me. Later the body count is to total eleven, the injured in there number 100 per cent.
birmingham pub bombingsSitting alone at first light in a deserted New Street, it was difficult to imagine the traumatic scenes witnessed just a few hours before. I reflected on the fact that so many peoples lives had suddenly changed forever.
Photographer remembers Birmingham pub bombings: "It was like the Blitz" - Birmingham MailMy first impression when I arrived in the Bull Ring was like the Blitz all over again, broken plate glass windows littered the surrounding streets, people were running all over the place, I must have got there within minutes of the explosions.
Read more: Cold case cops probe Birmingham pub bombings that killed 21 revellers nearly 40 years ago | Mail Online'It is appalling that in a civilised country the mass murder of 21 innocent people has not been investigated and those who committed the atrocity have been allowed to go free.
Since 74 much of the attention has been on the miscarriage of justice (something i am sure will get a mention or two) the victims, survivors and families rarely get a second thought. Some of them want to change that ...Family appeals to McGuinness and Adams over IRA bomb in Birmingham - Regional - Belfast NewsletterA woman whose sister died in an IRA bomb in Birmingham has appealed to Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness to help find out who was responsible.
“If Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness can assist us in ascertaining any truth towards us getting justice for Maxine it would be most gratefully received,”
I am not sure the two gentlemen will be of much assistance in the families quest for answers, after all truth reconciliation and justice are a one way street...
BBC News - Birmingham pub bombs inquiry backedA bereaved sister's campaign to get the Birmingham pub bombings re-investigated has been backed by Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson.