Lockerbie – 25 Years on

Families, relatives and dignitaries including Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond gathered together yesterday to remember and to pay their respects at a memorial service in Dryfesdale cemetery in Lockerbie to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the air disaster at the town. On December 21, 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 – a Boeing 747 – was just over half an hour into its flight from London to New York when it exploded over Lockerbie killing 270 people – all those on board and a further eleven on the ground.

Further gatherings to mark the anniversary of Britain’s worst-ever terrorist attack also included a remembrance service held at Westminster Abbey in London and in the US, a ceremony took place at the memorial cairn in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington DC.

The Lockerbie bombing remains the deadliest act of terrorism ever committed in the UK and until the attacks of 9/11 it was also responsible for the biggest single loss of American lives in such an attack.

 

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorialCanon Patrick Keegans, who was parish priest at Lockerbie at the time of the bombing

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

Lockerbie 25th Anniversary memorial

The gallery below shows clippings and screen grabs showing how the pictures were used in some of the papers and online…

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