Share mem­o­ries, asks Teresa

Daugh­ter of vic­tim try­ing to put to­gether book of fam­i­lies’ rem­i­nis­cences

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY NEIL DRYSDALE

As Teresa Con­nor says qui­etly, it is a ter­ri­ble mem­ory which never goes away.

The Aberdeen woman was only 21, with a six-month-old son, Rikki, when her dad, Stan­ley Sang­ster, died – one of 167 vic­tims of the Piper Al­pha dis­as­ter on July 6, 1988.

Yet while her life was trans­formed for­ever, she has done her best to com­mem­o­rate the qual­i­ties of Mr Sang­ster, a fore­man scaf­folder on the ill-fated North Sea plat­form.

She has spo­ken to the Press and Jour­nal about her de­ter­mi­na­tion to pro­duce a 30th an­niver­sary vol­ume of po­ems, sto­ries, mem­o­ries and rem­i­nis­cences with the help of other fam­i­lies who lost loved ones.

Mrs Con­nor wrote a poem about her fa­ther in 1992. She has penned oth­ers in the in­terim. And the book on which she is work­ing will be in aid of the Pound for Piper char­ity.

She said: “I first came up with this idea af­ter my dad died, but it’s nearly 30 years later and I still haven’t brought it to fruition.

“So I’ve bit­ten the bul­let and I have put the word out on Face­book.

“I have also con­tacted other fam­ily mem­bers and asked them what they think. I know peo­ple react in dif­fer­ent ways but I want this to be a fit­ting trib­ute to those who per­ished.

“I have been in touch with pub­lish­ers but I will make sure this is han­dled as sen­si­tively as pos­si­ble.

“It isn’t as if time has stood still. Things move on, things have to move on. But I have made sure my son Rikki knows all about his grand­fa­ther and what he was like be­fore Piper Al­pha took him away. That is very im­por­tant to me.”

At her home in Aberdeen Mrs Con­nor is pre­par­ing for a busy few months as she strives to bring the book to­gether.

Her mes­sage is sim­ple: “There are a num­ber of events planned for 2018 but this will be some­thing more per­ma­nent.

“I am ask­ing the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims – not only the wives and girl­friends but sons, daugh­ters and other rel­a­tives – to pro­vide a mem­ory of those who died.

“I hope they un­der­stand this is not to re­live the past. But to bring life and colour to all those names in Ha­zle­head Park.”

Pho­to­graph by Colin Ren­nie

STAND­ING TALL: The Piper Al­pha Memo­rial at Ha­zle­head Park, Aberdeen.

Teresa Con­nor: mem­o­ries

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