A delegation from the Warrington Foundation for Peace visited David Best’s ‘Temple’ yesterday in the week of the 22nd anniversary of the bombings which claimed the lives of Tim Parry (12) and Johnathan Bell (3).
At the ‘Temple’ site they placed a symbol inside the structure to represent “a collective desire for continued peace on our islands.”
Speaking at the site, Nick Taylor, Chief Executive with the Tim Parry Jonathan Ball Foundation for Peace, said “It’s extremely important that we are here. For us it was important to continue the message of reconciliation that we’ve been working on for the last 22 years.
“The way the Temple stands with its spire in line with the Catholic and Protestant Cathedrals is brilliant and there’s a feeling that it’s going to be an extremely positive burning on Saturday.
“What’s been interesting about the situation in Warrington it that there has always been a sense of searching for reconciliation
“Of course there was anger in the early days but there has been a sense of trying to find out why this had happened; why there was this conflict on our islands. Today we are here to emphasise that we are all the same.”
Nick was accompanied by Harriet Vickers, the youngest survivor of the Warrington bombing, aged just 13 days at the time, and the daughter of Bronwen Vickers, who died a year later.
The artist David Best was on site to welcome the delegation.
Asked if he would come back to Derry to complete further work in the future David replied, “In a heartbeat. They’ve got me, you know.
“You either get Ireland or you don’t, and I think I’ve got it.”