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Dodds praises Shankill remembrance service organisers

An emotional Michelle Williamson, whose parents George, 63, and Gillian, 47, were among nine people killed in the Shankill bomb, pictured with Nigel Dodds.

An emotional Michelle Williamson, whose parents George, 63, and Gillian, 47, were among nine people killed in the Shankill bomb, pictured with Nigel Dodds.

Nigel Dodds has said he hopes yesterday’s service of remembrance on the Shankill Road brought some comfort to those still affected by the attack on Frizzell’s fish shop.

The North Belfast MP was speaking after attending the 20th anniversary memorial event held at the West Kirk Presbyterian Church.

“This was a very poignant and dignified service of remembrance,” he said.

“It brought together the extended Shankill community along with many others who wished to show their support for all who suffered from that terrible atrocity which claimed nine innocent lives and left scores of people injured, both physically and psychologically.

“The emotional focus of the service was the laying of floral wreaths at the former site of Frizzell’s fish shop and beside the memorial lamp in Shankill Memorial Gardens. This was done by pupils from Harmony Primary School and the Girls’ Model School, the former schools of Michelle Baird and Leanne Murray, while live video of the wreath-laying was relayed to the congregation.”

Mr Dodds paid tribute to all those involved in organising the service and added: “This landmark anniversary has been treated appropriately by the Shankill community, in a considerate and supportive manner, and I hope that this will bring some small degree of comfort to those who continue to suffer.”

 

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