Insults were yesterday hurled at victims’ campaigner Willie Frazer when he accompanied Shankill bomb victim Michelle Williamson to the offices of Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly on Belfast’s Antrim Road.
The News Letter heard the abuse while on the phone to Mr Frazer. Among the taunts directed towards him, and Ms Williamson, were “murderers” and “scum”.
“It was four men standing outside the Sinn Fein offices shouting that we were murderers,” said Mr Frazer.
“They pulled up in a taxi. People talk about moving on, well they should come and live in my shoes for a while. I don’t mind me getting it, but to say Michelle is a murderer as well is not on.”
Ms Williamson added: “There were a number of them, men in their 40s and 50s. They gathered out of nowhere, but they can’t hurt me anymore, their words don’t hurt anymore.”
Ms Williamson said she had created a wreath which she hoped would go on display at West Kirk Presbyterian Church for the Shankill bomb memorial service on October 23.
The service, which will start at 12.30pm, will be led by Rev David Clawson.
At the time of the bomb – between 1.03pm and 1.06pm – two children will lay flowers on behalf of the community at the Shankill Bomb Memorial Lamp and at the plaque marking the actual bomb site.
Family members of the nine victims and those injured will be attending the service, as will representatives of the emergency services who responded on the day of the bomb. The service will be relayed outside the church.
Nine white rose bushes will also be planted in the Shankill Memorial Garden.