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Lisburn bombing atrocity which claimed lives of six soldiers remembered 30 years on

General view of the plaque. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
General view of the plaque. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and Mrs Helen Woolnough, sister of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green pictured at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and Sarah Carter who is the youngest daughter of Corporal Ian Metcalfe pictured at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin and Andrea Brown who was injured in the bomb, pictured at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Mrs Helen Woolnough, sister of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green pictured at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, lays a wreath. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Miss Julie Paterson lays a wreath, sister of Lance Corporal William J Paterson lays a wreath. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham and Elected Members of Council at the service Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Relatives pictured at the service alongside Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, lays a wreath. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE, lays a wreath. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Relatives pictured at the service alongside Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Relatives pictured at the service alongside Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Rev Steven Hanna speaks at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2018 - A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn this evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb. The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988. In the presence of family relatives Mr and Mrs Paterson, the parents of Lance Corporal William J Paterson, and his sister, Miss Julie Paterson; the sister and brother-in-law of Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, Mr Gary Woolnough and Mrs Helen Woolnough; the youngest daughter and son-in-law of Corporal Ian Metcalfe Mrs Sarah Carter and Mr John Carter; Lord Lieutenant Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE; the Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin; Colonel Rob Lyndsay, 38 Brigade; High Sheriff, Ms Gillian Bingham; the Right Honourable Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP; Elected Members of Council; the British Legion, the Green HowardÕs Association and members of the public, respects were paid to the six soldiers. Rev Steven Hanna speaks at the service. Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.

A moving Commemorative Service took place at Market Place, Lisburn on Friday evening to remember 30 years since six young soldiers lost their lives in a terrorist bomb in the city.

The atrocity took place on 15th June 1988.

Respects were paid to the six soldiers with family relatives of the deceased, politicians and community leaders in attendance.

As a new Council the Memorial Plaque, in memory of the soldiers, was rededicated to the six victims at the Service which was conducted by the Rev. Stephen Hanna. A number of wreaths were also laid in memory of the soldiers.

Their names were:

Sergeant Michael J. Winkler, Royal Signals

Corporal Ian Metcalfe, Green Howards

Lance Corporal Derek W. Green, RAOC

Lance Corporal Graham P. Lambie, Royal Signals

Lance Corporal William J Paterson, Royal Signals

Signalman Mark R. Clavey, Royal Signals.

The six young soldiers had completed the annual Charity Run sporting event and were returning to their base when a terrorist bomb destroyed the vehicle in which they were travelling.

The Mayor, Councillor Uel Mackin, said: “This terrible loss of life saw the darkest of times in Lisburn’s close-knit community. Today our prayers and thoughts are with family members who have experienced the most dreadful grief and loss. Indeed we are honoured to have family members and the Green Howard’s Association with us as we unite in one voice. 

“That terrorist bombing touched the lives of so many people in this Council area. Back then Lisburn was a busy market town; today it has grown to be one of Northern Ireland’s five cities. But the memories of the deaths of those six young soldiers who had their whole lives ahead of them has always stayed in the minds of so many people, including colleagues with us here today who will remember where they were when that dreadful news came. 

"11 people who were in the town that night were injured and the thousands of attendees that evening in Lisburn were made up of families, children and young people: so local feelings and memories run deep. This is a garrison city and many citizens in the surrounding communities have links with the military. This Council pays its highest tributes to the work of the Armed Forces and to the men and women who serve their country.

“Deep memories of those young men who were so cruelly killed will stay with their families forever and of course they will never be forgotten by the Council or the people of Lisburn. I would like to express my deepest thanks to everyone who attended our Service and our special thoughts are of course with the family members of the soldiers,” the Mayor concluded.

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