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Bomb blast memorial rededicated

The memorial plaque
The plaque will be moved to a new site outside the service station

A memorial plaque for 12 people who died in a bomb blast in West Yorkshire will be rededicated following a campaign by relatives of the victims.

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

She has been campaigning for a plaque at the Welcome Break service station to be moved to a more "dignified" area.

It will now be rededicated in a memorial garden outside.

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 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.

This rededication isn't just in memory of the 12 people who lost their lives, it's a celebration of their lives
Maureen Norton

But Mrs Norton started a campaign to get it moved after raising concerns that the area was not a fitting place to remember the victims.

Mrs Norton, from Wigan, said: "I come here to lay flowers and there's very loud music, there's nowhere to lay flowers... there's fruit machines and takeaways. It's much too noisy and not very respectful.

"This rededication isn't just in memory of the 12 people who lost their lives, it's a celebration of their lives."

Site director Andrew Jagger said the new location was a more "dignified area".

The rededication will take place in a ceremony attended by relatives next month.

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