Cyclists hit the road
Townsfolk in charity tie-up with US uni for tribute to Pan Am victims
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.
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.
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