Cy­clists re­mem­ber vic­tims of Locker­bie

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

A char­ity bike ride was held yes­ter­day in trib­ute to the vic­tims of the Locker­bie bomb­ing – with the youngest par­tic­i­pant aged just nine.

Abbi Irv­ing, from An­nan, was among 100 peo­ple tak­ing part in the cy­cle from Locker­bie to Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle as part of an event honour­ing the 270 peo­ple killed in the atroc­ity, ahead of the 30th an­niver­sary on De­cem­ber 21.

Abbi’s dad Neil said: “The weather has been atro­cious, but she has thor­oughly en­joyed it.

“This is a good way­tomark­the an­niver­sary.”

A group of five cy­clists rep­re­sent­ing Locker­bie Academy, Po­lice Scot­land, the Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice, the Scot­tish Am­bu­lance Ser­vice and the RAF Moun­tain Res­cue Ser­vice, will travel to the US this month to cy­cle from Wash­ing­ton to New York be­fore fin­ish­ing at Syra­cuse Univer­sity, which lost 35 stu­dents in the ter­ror­ist at­tack.

The Cy­cle to Syra­cuse event is rais­ing cash for lo­cal men­tal health char­ity Soul Soup, to fund a ded­i­cated worker for Locker­bie Academy. Colin Dor­rance, who was an 18-year-old po­lice­man at the time of the bomb­ing and one of the first on the scene, said the aim of the trip was to look for­ward as well as to re­mem­ber the tragedy, adding: “We thought it would be ap­pro­pri­ate to raise money for a men­tal health cause.”

Abbi Irv­ing, nine, from An­nan

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