14/03/2018 - Published by


Warrington will fall silent on Tuesday 20th March as we mark the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing.

On 20th  March 1993 two IRA bombs exploded on Bridge Street and killed 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball. More than 50 people were injured.

A commemoration service, attended by HRH The Princess Royal, will be held on Bridge Street in Warrington on Tuesday 20th March 2018.

The event will also be attended by the families of victims of the attack, faith leaders and representatives of the British and Irish governments. Warrington Male Voice Choir and choirs from Sankey High School and Barrow Hall Primary School will sing at the commemoration. Wreaths will be laid at 12.25pm with a minute’s silence at 12.27pm.

River of LifeDue to the size of the event and the security procedures in place we would advise that members of the public who are not planning on attending the event avoid the town centre for the duration of the service.

Notes for editors:

Interview opportunities:

Colin and Wendy Parry, co-founders of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation*, will be available for pre-recorded interviews in advance of the anniversary date. Please direct requests to Sabina.frediani@foundation4peace.org 01925 581 232.

Media attendance:

All media colleagues who have already confirmed attendance to shallmark@warrington.gov.uk  will need to supply names of any staff attending by 9am Wednesday 14 March. Only media who have previously confirmed attendance and have named passes will be allowed access as space is limited.

Passes will be available to collect from the Town Hall between 9.30am and 10.30am on the day and you must have photo ID.

Media will need to be in place by 11.15am and the event will conclude at 1.30pm

Road closures

  • From 5am on 20 March 2018 and up to around 3pm there will be road closures and restrictions on some pedestrian access.
  • Closure in place from 9 am along Sankey Street from Legh Street to Bold Street.  Please be aware there will no access or return until after the event finishes at approximately 1.30 pm.
  • Cairo Street from Egypt Street to Sankey Street will be closed from 5am.  No vehicles permitted between these times
  • Buttermarket Street from the junction with Scotland Road will be closed from 5am – access prohibited.
  • Town Centre (Bridge Street, Horsemarket Street, Buttermarket Street, Sankey Street) no access for deliveries on the day until approximately 2pm
  • Horrocks Lane will be close from 5am.  No vehicles permitted up until approximately 1.30pm

*Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation

  • The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation (Peace Foundation) was founded in memory of Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball
  • Peace Foundation is an independent charity working nationally and internationally to support those affected by terrorism and violent conflict.
  • Peace Foundation’s Survivors Assistance Network (SAN) is a specialist service offering practical and emotional support to victims of terrorism. The charity is supporting individuals affected by recent terrorist incidents such as Manchester Arena, Borough Market and Westminster Bridge, as well as continuing to offer life-long support to victims of previous attacks. SAN has worked with over 700 individuals in the past 12 months alone.

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Warrington Borough Council Contact:

Steven Hallmark – Communications Officer, Corporate Services Directorate
T: 01925 442048   M: 07740 075822 shallmark@warrington.gov.uk
Warrington Borough Council, Town Hall, Sankey Street, Warrington, WA1 1UH