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Remembrance Service at St Andrew's Church at 10.30am Sunday 12 November 2017

St Andrew's Church Morning Worship: Remembrance Sunday and Parade Service 12 November 2017 at 10.30am.

The earlier start time to the Service is to observe the 11.00am silence to remember the fallen, and also to allow time for the 1st Highfield St Andrew's Scouts to attend the Act of Remembrance Service at the cenotaph at the junction between Newbold Road and Littlemoor at 12.00midday. 

The Remembrance Service will have an added poignancy this year as it will be 30 years since the IRA exploded a bomb at the Remembrance parade at Enniskillen in Northern Ireland in 1987.

Canon David Winter, former Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC, writes:

'Enniskillen - the bomb that changed history.

I remember vividly the bomb at a Remembrance Day Service in Enniskillen in November 1987 that killed eleven people and injured another 63. Actually, what I remember, as with so many such events, is the reporting of it, and especially an interview with Gordon Wilson, whose daughter died beside him.

Her last words, telling her Dad she loved him, were heart-rending, and so was his own response then, and subsequently. In the midst of the carnage, he spoke words of deep Christian faith and hope. Later he expressed forgiveness for those who had planted the bomb. In the context of Ulster at that time, this was courageous talk. I was a regular visitor to the Province in the 1970's, and they were scary times.

Over the following weeks and months, Gordon Wilson became a familiar voice, and it was clear that he spoke for many people in Northern Ireland. The Sinn Fein leaders condemned the bomb attack and Republican sympathy for the terrorists dwindled. Out of that dreadful event, the Good Friday Agreement eventually emerged and (whatever happens now) the situation in Northern Ireland was transformed.

I love the fact that it was the 'Good Friday' agreement, made on the day when we recall a death that changed the world. I truly believe that the eleven who died that day in 1987, and perhaps especially Gordon Wilson's daughter, were the martyrs whose deaths saved the Province from endless violence and even civil war.'

 

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