EMO­TIONAL RE­UNION

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - TWENTY YEARS ON -

FOL­LOW­ING the church ser­vice, there were emo­tional scenes at St Mary’s parish cen­tre in Dover, as Her­ald sur­vivors came face to face with the peo­ple who helped them get their lives back on track. Sev­eral crew mem­bers on the ferry were re­united with coun­sel­lors they had not seen for at least 15 years. Fol­low­ing the dis­as­ter, a team of coun­sel­lors were sent to Dover to help. Many of the coun­selling team were also re­united af­ter at least 15 years apart. Janet John­ston, who has helped or­gan­ise the 20th an­niver­sary ser­vice, was one of the first coun­sel­lors to ar­rive in Dover. At the week­end, she was re­united with other coun­sel­lors and a team from Kent County Coun­cil so­cial ser­vices. Crew mem­bers, many of whom moved away from Dover fol­low­ing the dis­as­ter, were also re­united with their friends and work col­leagues. Barry Lawrence, who lives in Ay­cliffe, was a Her­ald crew mem­ber, but trans­ferred off the ship, be­fore the tragedy. He said: “I am lucky in that I have had the best sup­port from my fam­ily and coun­sel­lors.”

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