On the 40th Anniversary of #Birmingham’s saddest day….we will remember them……Brummagems all…..Rest in Peace
21st November 1974 is a date seared into the collective memory of Birmingham. A double bombing killed twenty one, maimed or injured hundreds more, ruptured community relations and revealed judicial failings whose consequences are still felt. The victims, their families, friends and relatives never forget that date and this fortieth anniversary will be a poignant time for many across the City.
Who are those victims? Today, it is clear that all those affected by the bombings are victims. They are the bereaved and those coping with injury or loss; the traumatised police, fire and medical crews and ordinary members of the public who brought aid and comfort to the dying and wounded that night; those members of the City’s Irish community ostracised and demonised because of their origin, politics or religion; the self-respect of Birmingham’s community relations.
In 1974, some people saw the situation in much simpler terms and…
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