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Coach bomb victims remembered
The M62 bombing
A family of four were among the 12 killed by the IRA bomb
A memorial service has been held on the 30th anniversary of a terrorist bomb which killed 12 people.

A coach carrying servicemen from Manchester to Catterick, North Yorkshire, exploded on the M62 in February 1974.

The 50lb bomb - planted on board the vehicle in Manchester - destroyed it, killing an entire family-of-four.

The ceremony took place at Hartshead Moor services, near Huddersfield, a mile from where the explosion happened.

Soldiers and families

We've come to terms with it, but never ever forgive and never ever forget.
Bereaved relative, Ann Morrison
The coach had been carrying soldiers and their families back to Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire, where they were based, when it was blown apart in one of the most notorious terrorist acts of the 1970s.

Among those who died were Corporal Clifford Haughton, his wife Linda and their sons Lee, five, and Robert, two, who were returning to their home at the camp.

A number of relatives of the Haughtons were at Wednesday's service, including Mrs Haughton's sister, Ann Morrison from Manchester.

She said: "We've come to terms with it, but never ever forgive and never ever forget.

"It will be with me to the day I die, that morning.".

The garrison was represented by members of 19 Mechanized Brigade, who have recently returned from serving in Iraq.

The service was led by Padre Kevin Maddy, the chaplain of the 1st Battalion Kings Regiment, which is part of the brigade.

"Grave miscarriage of justice"

The spokesman said: "It is the first time a service has been held at this location so close to the scene.

"There is a memorial here and I am told the families do visit regularly.

"They are happy to finally have had a service there."

Judith Ward, from Cheshire, was jailed for life for the bombing following a trial at Wakefield Crown Court in 1974.

She served an 18-year sentence before her conviction was declared unsafe by the Court of Appeal in 1992.

Crucial scientific evidence had been withheld, causing what the judges called a "grave miscarriage of justice."

No-one else has ever been charged in connection with the bombing.


SEE ALSO:
The IRA campaigns in England
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