Names of Piper Al­pha 167 dead will be read aloud

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - BY MARK LAMMEY

A ser­vice will be held in Aberdeen on the 30th an­niver­sary of the Piper Al­pha dis­as­ter to com­mem­o­rate the 167 vic­tims.

The names of those who per­ished will be read aloud at the ser­vice, which will start at 7pm on July 6 at the Me­mo­rial Gar­den in Ha­zle­head Park

A lone piper will play a lament fol­lowed by a minute’s si­lence. Fam­i­lies, friends and col­leagues will then be in­vited to lay wreaths, led by Aberdeen’s Lord Provost Bar­ney Crock­ett.

Mu­sic will also be pro­vided by the Bon Ac­cord Sil­ver Band. The UK Oil and Gas Chap­laincy and Aberdeen City Coun­cil are the or­gan­is­ers.

Rev­erend Gor­don Craig, chap­lain to the UK off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try, said: “Thirty years may seem a long time to some, but for those who lost a fa­ther, son, brother, hus­band, part­ner, friend or col­league, the tragedy is still very much part of their life.

“Our com­mem­o­ra­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to gather to­gether and re­mem­ber those loved ones who never came home. By nam­ing ev­ery per­son who trag­i­cally lost their life the city and in­dus­try to­gether can demon­strate that the loss of these men will not be for­got­ten and that may bring a crumb of com­fort to those whose loss is great­est.”

Mr Crock­ett said: “The shock­ing events of that night 30 years ago are im­printed on the Aberdeen mem­ory for­ever. We will never for­get that 167 men died in the tragedy – dads, sons, brothers, un­cles, neph­ews, part­ners, friends and col­leagues – who never re­turned home. This is why it is so im­por­tant that the City of Aberdeen and in­dus­try come to­gether for this Act of Re­mem­brance.

“The me­mo­rial gar­den and statue is a very spe­cial place for the peo­ple of Aberdeen, the wider oil and gas in­dus­try, and par­tic­u­larly for those whose lives have been af­fected by this tragedy. I hope that by com­ing to­gether for this spe­cial ser­vice that those af­fected will know that our thoughts are with them at this time and for­ever.”

The ser­vice is open to fam­i­lies and friends of those who died in Piper Al­pha as well as any­one who wants to re­mem­ber and pay their re­spects.

The me­mo­rial gar­den at Ha­zle­head Park

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