Cy­clists hit the road

Towns­folk in char­ity tie-up with US uni for trib­ute to Pan Am vic­tims

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - STANDARD VIEW -

Holy­rood has given its sup­port to commemoration events mark­ing the 30th an­niver­sary of the Locker­bie Dis­as­ter.

A de­bate put for­ward by Dum­friesshire MSP Oliver Mun­dell gave mem­bers of all par­ties the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on De­cem­ber 21, 1988, when Pam Am Flight 103 ex­ploded over Locker­bie killing 270 peo­ple.

As well as a chance to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity and emer­gency ser­vices for their ac­tions in the wake of the ter­ror­ism act and the friend­ship forged with Syra­cuse Univer­sity, the mo­tion high­lighted the three-part cy­cle chal­lenge me­mo­rial which is un­der­way in Locker­bie by a core team of five, rep­re­sent­ing the emer­gency ser­vices and Locker­bie Acad­emy.

And it called for peo­ple to make a do­na­tion to help the re­gion’s men­tal health char­ity, Soul Soup, at www.just­giv­ing.com/fundrais­ing/cy­cle-to-syra­cuse

Our lo­cal MSPs had their­say. Locker­bie’s Dryfes­dale cemetary’s gar­den of re­mem­brance.

Sharon Liprott

A ma­jor trib­ute will be paid to­mor­row to the 11 Locker­bie res­i­dents killed by an act of ter­ror­ism al­most 30 years ago.

More than 100 cy­clists will join the Cy­cle to Syra­cuse core team of Brian Asher, Colin Dor­rance, Paul Rae, David Walpole and David Whal­ley for their sec­ond stage of the Locker­bie Dis­as­ter fundrais­ing chal­lenge me­mo­rial.

In the morn­ing, Locker­bie Pipe Band will lead the cy­clists – Ec­cle­fechan-based club The Fechan Flyers, Locker­bie res­i­dents and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the emer­gency ser­vices – through the town to lay wreaths at Park Place, Sher­wood Cres­cent and the war me­mo­rial.

Then they will gather at the Me­mo­rial Cairn at Locker­bie Acad­emy to be waved off on a 70-mile pub­lic road cy­cle ride to Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle.

Poignant

Cy­cle trib­ute David Whal­ley, David Walpole, Brian Asher, Colin Dor­rance and Paul Rae are lead­ing more than 100 cy­clists from Locker­bie to Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle to­mor­row in mem­ory of the 11 res­i­dents who per­ished on the ground in the Locker­bie Dis­as­ter al­most 30 years ago

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