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Hundreds gather for 45th anniversary of Coleraine Railway Road bombing

By Donna Deeney

Around 200 people gathered at the Diamond in Coleraine to commemorate the lives of those who died in the IRA bomb 45 years ago along with those who survived the atrocity.

Six people, Dinah Campbell, Francis Campbell, Elizabeth Craigmile, Nan Davis, Elizabeth Plamer and Robert Scott lost their lives when the bomb exploded on Railway Road while 33 people suffered injuries.

A second bomb exploded five minutes later in Hanover Place, however no one was injured in this explosion.

Ministers from a number of churches led prayers and hymns before a floral tribute was laid by  one of the survivors, David Gilmour who was just ten years of age when the blast exploded in front of him and his parents.

Councillors from all parties in Causeway Coast and Glens were in attendance among them the recently elected Mayor, Sinn Fein Councillor Brenda Chivers as well as East Londonderry MP, Gregory Campbell and MLAs, Claire Sugden, Maurice Bradley and George Robinson.

Sinn Fein Councillor Sean McGlinchey who was convicted and served 18 years in prison of his role in carrying out the bomb when he was a member of the IRA previously expressed regret for his actions.

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