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Poignant time for former Miss NI as she welcomes twin girls

By Allan Preston

Published 29/11/2016

Happy family: Judith Grey with husband Gareth, son Wilson and twins Julia and Jessica
Happy family: Judith Grey with husband Gareth, son Wilson and twins Julia and Jessica

A former Miss Northern Ireland whose late grandfather forgave the IRA after his daughter was killed in the Enniskillen Remembrance Day bombing has celebrated the arrival of twin baby girls.

Judith Grey's (née Wilson) new arrivals Julie and Jessica were born on November 7 - almost 29 years to the day since Judith's aunt Marie died holding her father Gordon Wilson's hand while buried in rubble.

While Judith and husband Gareth have been delighted, the births in the South West Acute Hospital came at a very poignant time for the family. The Poppy Day massacre of November 8, 1987, left 11 dead, including Marie, a nurse aged just 20.

Gordon Wilson rose to international prominence after he gave an emotional interview about his daughter's last moments, and then forgave her killers before calling for no revenge.

Coincidentally, the twins' older brother Wilson celebrated his fifth birthday on November 9.

Posting a photo of her daughters on social media, Mrs Grey said: "Two weeks old and they have brought so much joy. This photo melts my heart."

Speaking in 2008, the year she was crowned Miss NI, Judith said she had always remained proud of her grandfather.

She said: "With his work his message was forgiveness - even the day after his daughter was killed, which is amazing."

She added: "My aim is to continue that message.

"He would be so proud of me if he was around now."

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