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Friday, May 14, 1999 Published at 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK


Tolerance plea at Soho victim's funeral

The Soho blast killed three and injured 65

The funeral service of a Soho pub bombing victim has been used by his brother to make an impassioned plea for an end to prejudice.

The nail bomb terror
Nicholas Moore, 31, was one of three friends who died in the attack on the Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street, central London, on 30 April.

His funeral service was held at St John the Baptist Church in Felixstowe on Friday, followed by a private cremation in Ipswich.

His brother, Martin, addressed the congregation of more than 300 mourners, to speak about his gay brother.

He said: "The reason Nik is lying dead is because of prejudice.

[ image: Nicholas Moore's death 'senseless']
Nicholas Moore's death 'senseless'
"It is really important. Jesus taught us that we must love everybody in the world. Black people, people of all religions and colours and all sexual orientations.

"It is really important. I want this message to get through to everybody.

"Don't bring up your children to be prejudiced."

Nicholas Moore had been on the way to see the Abba musical Mamma Mia! at the nearby Prince Edward Theatre with four friends, when they stopped for a drink at the Admiral Duncan, a popular gay pub.

Andrea Dykes, 27, from Colchester, Essex, who was four months pregnant, was also killed. Her husband Julian, 25, suffered severe burns in the explosion and had to undergo surgery because nails were lodged in his lungs.

The couple's best man John Light, 32, a bingo hall manager from Colchester, also died, while a fifth friend, Gary Partridge, was seriously injured.

A total of 65 people were injured in the attack, which followed two previous nail bombings in Brixton and Brick Lane.

'So senseless'

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev Canon Kenneth Wakefield, a retired vicar and friend of the Moore family.

Mr Wakefield described Mr Moore as the "life and soul of the party", and said how he loved the community atmosphere of Soho.

He said the reason for the bombing was beyond understanding.

"It was so senseless, so wrong. We cannot possibly understand the circumstances which led to his death," he said.

Engineer David Copeland, 22, of Sunnybank Road, Cove, Farnborough, in Hampshire, has been charged with three counts of murder and three of causing an explosion.

He has been remanded in custody to appear at Bow Street Magistrates' court on 7 June.

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