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Plans to move bomb blast memorial

The memorial plaque
An entire family-of-four were killed in the blast

A woman whose brother was killed in a bomb attack in West Yorkshire wants to trace families of other victims over plans to re-site a memorial plaque.

Maureen Norton's brother was one of eight soldiers and four civilians killed in the blast on-board a coach on the M62 near Bradford in 1974.

She has been campaigning for the plaque at the Welcome Break service station near the blast site to be moved.

Mrs Norton, from Wigan, wants to speak with other families about the plans.

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.

The memorial is near fruit machines and there's always loud music blaring, not what you'd call a tranquil and peaceful place
Maureen Norton

Among those who died was Mrs Norton's brother Terence Griffin and an entire family-of-four.

The memorial plaque is currently mounted on a wall inside the services at Hartshead Moor.

But bosses have agreed to look at plans to move it to a new location after Mrs Norton raised concerns its closeness to shops was inappropriate.

She said: "Every year on my brother's birthday and the anniversary of the bombing, I go and lay flowers at the plaque.

"The last few times I've been, there has been so much merchandise around it that I had no where to put the flowers.

"It's also near fruit machines and there's always loud music blaring, not what you would call a tranquil and peaceful place where loved ones could pay their respects.

"I felt like it was disrespectful to those whose lives had been lost."

Now, following a meeting with service station bosses, plans have been made to move the plaque.

Remembrance garden

But Mrs Norton wants the families of other victims to be consulted before it goes ahead.

"One suggestion is to place to plaque on a monument outside, behind the flag poles of the services, and create a remembrance garden," she said.

"But I need to contact the relatives of lost ones to make sure that they would be happy with this."

Site director Andrew Jagger said: "The plaque is not in an ideal location at the moment but we are reluctant to do anything until we have the support of all the victims' families."

Families who want to contact Mrs Norton can email her at mo.norton@hotmail.com.




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