Dumfries & Galloway Standard

A sensitive touch for Lockerbie visit

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In pouring rain on an icy cold December afternoon in 1998, the Duke of Edinburgh came to Lockerbie to lay a wreath.

The community had asked for a“low-key”10th anniversar­y of the Pan Am Air Disaster but was in favour of accepting the offer for Prince Philip to attend the ceremony in Dryfesdale Cemetery’s Garden of Remembranc­e.

Five years earlier, he had accompanie­d the Queen when she paid the same tribute.

This time, with respect for the town’s wishes, he arrived and departed without grand ceremony and without making a speech but his presence was a comfort to those gathered there and underlined the significan­ce of the anniversar­y.

The then Lord Lieutenant for Dumfriessh­ire, the late

Captain Ronnie Cunningham Jardine, said at the time: “When we were approached by the royal household about a possible visit we explained that the wish of the community was to keep the visit as low-key as possible.

“There seemed general support though for a royal family member to lay a wreath at the memorial ceremony in the afternoon.”

Bert Ammerman, representi­ng the American bereaved families’group, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, said afterwards:“It was very special to have the Duke of Edinburgh here, especially as I was also here in 1993 when he came with the Queen to lay a wreath.

“It means a lot to the American families.”

 ??  ?? Lockerbie visit The Duke of Edinburgh after placing a red poppy wreath with a message from himself and the Queen at the Garden of Remembranc­e at Dryfesdale Cemetery in 1998 on the 10th anniversar­y of the Pan Am disaster.
Lockerbie visit The Duke of Edinburgh after placing a red poppy wreath with a message from himself and the Queen at the Garden of Remembranc­e at Dryfesdale Cemetery in 1998 on the 10th anniversar­y of the Pan Am disaster.

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