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Poppy Day massacre victims' memorial unveiled next week

By Cate McCurry

A memorial to the victims of one of the most devastating atrocities of the Troubles is to be unveiled at the 30th anniversary service next week.

A total of 11 people were murdered and 63 injured when the IRA detonated a no-warning bomb during the town's Remembrance Day service at its cenotaph on November 8, 1987.

A 12th victim of the massacre, school principal Ronnie Hill, died in 2000, having spent 13 years in a coma.

Co Fermanagh victims' charity the Ely Centre established the Enniskillen Memorial to the bereaved and injured which was created solely through voluntary donations of more than £15,000.

The memorial will be unveiled temporarily as the families await clarification on a permanent home for the memorial.

While the names of the victims are included on the cenotaph but there is no permanent memorial.

A representative of the Royal household will also participate in the unveiling on Wednesday along with family members of the victims.

There will be a community open-air service which will feature the great-granddaughters of bomb victims Wesley and Bertha Armstrong and Kit and Jessie Johnston.

They will be performing a solo and scripture reading.

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