Belfast Telegraph

Memorial service held to mark 25th anniversary of Shankill bombing

By Gareth Cross

A memorial service was held in Belfast on Saturday afternoon to mark the 25th anniversary of the Shankill Road bombing.

Local football clubs gathered in west Belfast to remember the nine protestant civilians who lost their lives when an IRA bomb exploded without warning in Frizzell's Fish Shop on October 23 1993.

The clubs took part in a short parade from Highfield before the memorial which included a wreath laying at the site of the bombing at 1:06pm to mark the moment the bomb exploded.

A team that bombing victim Michael Morrison had once played for were among those paying tribute.

The teams then took part in a match following the memorial.

Those killed in the bomb were John Frizzell, his daughter Sharon McBride, 13-year-old Leanne Murray, Michael Morrison along with his partner Evelyn Baird and her seven-year-old daughter Michelle; married couple George and Gillian Williamson, and Wilma McKee.

Also killed was IRA bomber Thomas Begley, while 57 people were injured in the blast.

IRA members Begley and Sean Kelly, wearing white coats and posing as delivery drivers, carried the bomb into the shop.

The IRA said the intended targets were UDA leaders they thought were meeting in an office above the shop, but the office was empty.

A number of events will be taking place on the Shankill Road over the coming week to remember those who lost their lives.

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