No silence on boat for victims

People stand still outside Blackpool Town Hall, as Britain remembered the victims of the Tunisia terror attack with a minute's silence on Friday July 3. Victims Denis and Elaine Thwaites, aged 70 and 69, were from Blackpool. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
People stand still outside Blackpool Town Hall, as Britain remembered the victims of the Tunisia terror attack with a minute's silence on Friday July 3. Victims Denis and Elaine Thwaites, aged 70 and 69, were from Blackpool. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

I was a passenger on the Stena Ferry travelling from Belfast to Cairnryan last Friday.

I considered that it would be normal on such a day for the captain to make a public announcement, requesting a minute’s silence at 12 noon to remember the victims of the Tunisian massacre.

Regrettably no such announcement was made.

Several passengers gathered around the television in the lounge to show their respect, but the conversation and bustle along with the business of the cafe continued.

The experience was a sad reflection on the priorities of a national shipping company.

Disrespect, carelessness or political correctness, one might ask?

During the journey several other announcements were made through the public address system, but as for the minute’s silence, sadly there was silence.

Jim Rea (Rev), Belfast BT5