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Should the air disaster be marked this year?

Section:  Lockerbie and Lochmaben  | Tags: ,

HOW do you want to see the 29th anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster marked?

lockerbie remembersd *** Local Caption *** 
NEVER FORGOTTEN . . . a floral replica of Maid of the Seas, the aircraft which crashed 28 years ago

Dumfries and Galloway Council last week confirmed that they have no plans to mark the anniversary of the 1988 attack, in which 270 people died, including 11 on the ground.

However, Lockerbie Com- munity Council remain unsure on how, and if, the people of Lockerbie want to honour December 21 this year.

And they are urging locals to get in touch and make their wishes known to the community group.

Discussing whether or not to mark the tragic event, councillor Adam Wilson said: “It is important that the anniversary is marked and all those who tragically lost their life 29 years ago are remembered.

“But any anniversary must be respectful of the local people who live with the memories and scars of that tragic night.”

And Colin Dorrance, who has a dual connection to the disaster, says it’s a complex issue. As a teenage police officer Colin was one of the first at the scene on December 21.

But he has also seen that good that can grow from tragedy in the form of the Syracuse Scholarship, which was awarded to his daughter Claire in 2012 and son An- drew earlier this year.

Through his children’s connections to the States he has formed his own bonds with the New York college and the people that keep the scholarship going and keep alive the memory of their students who died that night.

Colin said: “I feel that the subject remains a dif cult, complex one for the town to deal with. There are those who still live in the commun- ity that were profoundly af- fected, who perhaps wish not to be reminded – that should be respected.

“Remembrance can be a very personal thing.

“It’s also understandable that the town does not wish to be forever de ned by a tragedy.”

He added: “However, as the incident passes further back into history and the town moves forward, I sense that there is also a growing need to be more open and public about what happened and that we should nd a way to express that somehow.

“Out of the depths of one of the most horrendous crimes in British history, our town rallied, its services pulled together and there are thou- sands of accounts of sel ess acts of kindness, consider- ation and support shown – to others, to next of kin, their friends, families, and to visitors from all over the globe – then and in the dec- ades since.

“There is something in all of that to be actively remem- bered and publicly commem- orated. The ongoing links between Syracuse Univer- sity and Lockerbie Academy exemplify this and we should perhaps explore how to ex- tend those precious bonds wider into the Lockerbie community.”

Do you want to see the 29th anniversary marked? Email Amanda Kennedy at ajk@dngonline.co.uk.

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