Names of Piper Alpha 167 dead will be read aloud
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