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Memories of community not faded 30 years after Lockerbie Air Disaster, says bishop

The Bishop of Galloway has marked the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie Air Disaster, stating that the memories of the community have not faded or diminished.

Memorial services are to be held in Scotland and the US today to remember the 270 people killed when a passenger plane exploded over Lockerbie 30 years ago.

Wreaths will be laid in the Dumfries and Galloway town where the wreckage of the bombed Pan Am Flight 103 came down on the night of 21st December 1988.

Eleven people died in Lockerbie, along with the 259 passengers and crew on board the New York-bound plane which had set off from Heathrow.

Holy Trinity RC Church, Lockerbie has been open from 10am today to allow visitors to call in for quiet reflection, to light a memorial candle or to have a chat and a cup of tea.

The day will end with the celebration of Mass at 7pm led by the Bishop of Galloway, William Nolan, with Canon Pat Keegans, former parish priest, as guest preacher, together with Fr Jim Hayes, the current parish priest.

Bishop Nolan said: “Although 30 years have passed since the tragic events of 21st December 1988, the memories of the community of Lockerbie have not faded or diminished. The Church today as then offers solace and support to all those affected and will continue to be present in the community of Lockerbie, praying for and supporting the town and its people as well as the American victims and their families.”

Picture: The Stone of Remembrance at the Memorial Garden, Dryfesdale Cemetery, in Lockerbie. (Jane Barlow/PA).