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25 years on, Manchester remembers IRA's bomb blitz on city

By Adrian Rutherford

More than 200 people attended a service yesterday to mark the 25th anniversary of an IRA bomb attack in Manchester.

Sixty-five people were injured when two devices exploded on December 3, 1992.

Yesterday's service was held at St Ann's Parish Church and led by the Rev Nigel Ashworth.

The survivors and others affected by the bomb were among those in attendance.

They included Neil Tattersall, who suffered life-changing injuries in the attack. Also present were representatives of the emergency services, politicians, clergy and civic leaders, as well as others from the broader population of Manchester.

Around 30 members of the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) victims group travelled across for the event.

Afterwards, a reception event was held where MPs Afzal Khan and Ivan Lewis addressed the gathering,

Mr Tattersall and James Leatherbarrow, a survivor of the 1988 Ballygawley bus bombing; Judith Jenkins, the widow of Hyde Park victim Jeffrey Young; and Albert Walsh, the brother of Leslie Walsh, who was murdered in the M62 coach bomb, all participated.

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