Hundred attend M62 bomb memorial

Hundred attend M62 bomb memorial

A MEMORIAL to those killed by an IRA bomb 42 years ago drew a large crowd to Hartshead Moor motorway services last Sunday.

About 250 people attended the event – including an elderly Chelsea Pensioner, below, right, in full dress who travelled up from London. The turnout was more than organisers expected for the M62 coach bombing remembrance.

And about 30 standards from various Royal British Legion (RBL) branches were flown during a parade.

Terry Brewis, chaplain of the RBL’s Spenborough branch, was among the speakers.

The event marked the moment on February 4, 1974, when 12 coach passengers died in a bomb blast on the motorway between junctions 26 and 27. Soldiers and their families, some asleep around midnight, were travelling while on leave.

Among the dead were Cpl Clifford Haughton, 23, wife Linda, 23, and their children Lee, five, and two-year-old Robert.

Mayor of Kirklees Coun Paul Kane also spoke at the ceremony.

He said: “Memorials like this are the only way many young people will have an awareness that times were not always as they are now.

“Today, the political process is well established and all parties rely on the ballot box rather than the bomb.

“In February 1974, today’s political landscape would have seemed an impossible dream.

“Time can heal, but that healing is never complete – and for that reason we all have to show support for those who continue to live within the shadow of February 4, 1974.”

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