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Shankill bomber commemoration poster uses Remembrance Day soldier silhouette, claims councillor

Councillor John Scott
Councillor John Scott
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

A councillor has claimed a poster advertising the commemoration of the death of Shankill bomber Thomas Begley contains the silhouette of a soldier used for Remembrance Day events in Northern Ireland.

Thomas Begley died and nine others, all Protestants, were killed when the bomb he was carrying exploded prematurely at Frizzell's fish ship on the Shankill Road on October 23, 1993.

As event commemorating Begley's death will take place at Milltown cemetery on Saturday.

DUP councillor John Scott is the uncle of Wilma McKee, who died in the blast.

Speaking on the Stephen Nolan Show, Councillor Scott said he was "sickened" that Sinn Fein party members will be attending the event.

He said that the poster, which has been put up in shops in Belfast, carries the same silhouette of a soldier holding a rifle that is used in Remembrance Day posters.

"When I saw that poster my stomach just turned," he said.

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Posters in shop windows.

He added: "The silhouette of that soldier, you go all around Carrickfergus and at the minute they have black silhouette for Remembrance Day coming up and with poppies on them. That is where they have got the picture of that silhouette, it is exactly the same."

Councillor Scott also questioned why Sinn Fein party members are going to the event.

"Sinn Fein always says about equality and that we all come from the one island.

"[This] sends a message to say 'to hell with the victims, we are doing what we want to do'. It doesn't matter if it was Protestants or Catholics that were killed, Sinn Fein don't seem to worry."

A wreath laid by Girls Model Head Girl Caitlin Herron hangs to the side of what was Frizzell's fish shop after a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
A wreath laid by Girls Model Head Girl Caitlin Herron hangs to the side of what was Frizzell's fish shop after a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
People inside West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. Liam McBurney/PA Wire
DUP leader Arlene Foster and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds (centre) in West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
People listening to a service outside the West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Alan Lewis - Photopress Belfast 23/10/2018 Photograph by Justin Kernoghan Mairia Cahill attends today's service - An emotional day for Michelle Williamson, who lost her parents in the bombing. A service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Shankill bombing. Nine people and one of the IRA bombers were killed in the 1993 attack. More than 50 people were injured. The Shankill bombing happened at Frizzell's fish shop on 23 October 1993. Two IRA men, Thomas Begley and Sean Kelly, posed as fishmongers and carried the bomb into the shop where shoppers were queuing for food. DUP leader Arlene Foster and her deputy Nigel Dodds are among those attending the service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church. Also present are representatives of the Ballymurphy families whose relatives were shot dead in west Belfast in 1971.
Pacemaker Press 23/10/2018 Gary Murray (brother of Leanne), who was killed in the 1993 bombing. A Memorial service takes place at West Kirk Presbyterian Church on the Shankill Road on Tuesday to mark the 25th Anniversary of Shankill bomb. Nine Protestant civilians and an IRA bomber, Thomas Begley, were killed in the attack in Belfast on 23 October 1993. Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker Press
George Lenahan greets DUP leader Arlene Foster and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds outside West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
People gather outside West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Charlie Butler (left) and Michelle Williamson (right) in West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Dessie Williams handing out orders of service outside West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
(left to right) Alan McBride, Tim McGarry and Zoe McBride in West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Gary Murray enters West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
(left to right) Michelle Williamson, Alfie McCrory and Willie Frazer outside West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Moke Devlin outside West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Gina Murray (left) enters West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
People listening to a service outside the West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
People listening to a service outside the West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
People listening to a service outside the West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
A member of the Sea Cadets rings a bell nine times at a memorial where the bomb went off, during a service in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Representatives from Belfast Model School for Girls lay a wreath at a memorial during a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Representatives from Harmony Primary School lay a wreath at a memorial during a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
DUP leader Arlene Foster (left) shaking hands with Alliance Party leader Naomi Long after a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Representatives from Belfast Model School for Girls (right) and Harmony Primary School (left) lay a wreath at a memorial during a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
DUP leader Arlene Foster is embraced by Michelle Williams after a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Caitlin Herron of Girls Model school lays a wreath to the side of what was Frizzell's fish shop during a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Jim Allister leader of the TUV before a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Jude Whyte (left) whose mother, Peggy Whyte, was killed by a UVF bomb in 1984 and Alan McBride who wife Sharon McBride was killed in the Shankill bomb, after a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Zoe McBride, daughter of Shankill bomb victim Sharon McBride after a service at West Kirk Presbyterian Church in Belfast for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the IRA bombing of a fish shop on Shankill Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 23, 2018. See PA story ULSTER Shankill. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

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