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'We lived beside the cemetery and I used to go to the grave and lie on it every day'

Published 19/05/2016

Racquel Brush and her son Ingrid, and (inset) her father Kenneth Worton, one of the 10 Protestant workmen killed by the IRA at Kingsmills in 1976
Racquel Brush and her son Ingrid, and (inset) her father Kenneth Worton, one of the 10 Protestant workmen killed by the IRA at Kingsmills in 1976
Racquel Brush's father Kenneth Worton, one of the 10 Protestant workmen killed by the IRA at Kingsmills in 1976

Kenneth Worton was one of 10 Protestant workers lined up along the road and shot dead by IRA gunmen at Kingsmills in south Armagh in January 1976.

Racquel Brush was one of the two young daughters he left behind.

"Everybody loved him. He didn't go out anywhere without his comb in his back pocket. He liked to take my mother out on a Friday night when he got his pay. He loved his two girls.

"He was only 24 when he was killed. They were married six years. They were a young bride and groom. It was his first job. He used to bring us home notebooks and rubbers.

"We would wait on him coming home. We would sit on the arm of the chair: 'What did you bring us? What did you bring us?' Afterwards, because we lived beside the graveyard, I used to go up to the grave and lie on it every day. My sister would have been strong during the day and then would have cried at night.

"With him being the bread-winner, there was no income once he was killed. There was no benefit system as there is now. How (my mother) managed to clothe us, feed us, house us, keep us warm, God only knows.

"She was never the same health-wise. She lost all her hair shortly after he died. What kind of a life was it for her afterwards? Not much.

"Sometimes I'd go up (to his grave) to have a talk with him. It was the day after I got married and I went up and put my bridal bouquet on his grave. Just had a chat. 'You missed a good day. Do you think I looked all right? What do you think of my hubby?'

"Just silly wee things to feel as if you have a bit of contact."

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