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Victims of Bloody Friday remembered at Belfast City Hall

Published 24/07/2016

Councillors Graham Craig (UUP), Aileen Graham (DUP), Brian Kingston (DUP), Jeff Dudgeon (UUP) and Lee Reynolds (DUP).
elfast City Councillors preparing to lay a floral wreath this afternoon beside the memorial plaque in City Hall in remembrance of the victims of the IRA bombing atrocity in Belfast on Bloody Friday.
Councillors Graham Craig (UUP), Aileen Graham (DUP), Brian Kingston (DUP), Jeff Dudgeon (UUP) and Lee Reynolds (DUP). elfast City Councillors preparing to lay a floral wreath this afternoon beside the memorial plaque in City Hall in remembrance of the victims of the IRA bombing atrocity in Belfast on Bloody Friday.
Act of Remembrance at Belfast City Hall for Bloody Friday
Wreath laid by unionist councillors at Belfast City Hall in memory of those killed in Bloody Friday
A wreath in memory of the victims of Bloody Friday laid at the memorial plaque at Belfast City Hall
Bloody Friday memorial plaque at Belfast City Hall

DUP and UUP councillors have taken part in an act of Remembrance for those killed or injured during the events of Bloody Friday in Belfast city centre.

Nine people were killed and more than 100 injured on July 21, 1972 when the IRA exploded at least 22 bombs across Belfast city centre in 80 minutes.

The most devastating of the bombs exploded at the then Oxford Street bus station killing six people and injuring 40.

Three more people were killed in a car bomb which was detonated beside a row of shops on the Cavehill Road.

In 2002 the IRA issued an apology over the attack.

A plaque in memory of the victims in Belfast City Hall is the focal point of an act of remembrance carried out by unionist councillors on the Sunday closest to the date of the atrocity every year.

On Sunday, Lord Mayor Brian Kingston, DUP councillors Lee Reynolds, Aileen Graham, and Ulster Unionist councillors Jeff Dudgeon and Graham Craig laid a wreath at the plaque.

Mr Kingston said the the IRA's aim in Bloody Friday was to destroy Belfast city centre, but today it is thriving.

"This act of remembrance is something we do every year to remember the nine people who were killed on that terrible day in 1972," he said.

"This plaque is one of the few memorials to the innocent victims of terrorism.

"We feel it is important that the victims are remembered.

"Some nine people were killed and 130 people injured on that day when 22 bombs were exploded in 80 minutes, we have all seen the footage, people didn't know where to run.

"It is essential that this terrible suffering wrecked upon Belfast is not forgotten.

"The IRA wanted to destroy Belfast city centre, but today it is thriving."

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