Thursday, August 12, 1999 Published at 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Omagh rebuilds for brighter future
The Market Street site is being rebuilt after last year's blast
Shopkeepers whose businesses were shattered in the Omagh blast are now attempting to rebuild their premises and the town's image.
The scene on Market Street where the Real IRA bomb exploded last August is now a building site.
"This street was a wild friendly wee street."
Trade has recovered in the area according to those still in business on Market Street.
He said: "We're now associated with this event throughout the world.
"On the one hand it's given us a lot of publicity and attention but on the other hand we don't always want to be known as the town where the big bomb was."
Promoting a new image of Omagh which addresses that attitude is the priority of newly appointed Town Centre Manager, Shane Campbell.
While remembering the past is important, looking forward is vital, he says.
Recovery 'on target'
One of the measures in this plan to promote positive images of Omagh is an international summer school to be held after the first anniversary of the blast.
"We're never where we'd like to be - but we're getting there."
He would like the rebuilding of Market Street to be further advanced though ensuring all the compensation has been paid and all the people are united in their aims is not easy.
"It's a difficult task - but I'm confident it will proceed and that it will provide a whole new focus for Omagh."
One of the most poignant messages at the makeshift memorial is a letter to bomb victim Esther Gibson from her fiancée.
She was meant to be married on her birthday during July.
The note from her fiancée reads: