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Brighton bomb: 25 years on


Hotel manager Michael Knox-Johnston recalls how Margaret Thatcher had just left her bathroom when the bomb exploded.

Twenty-five years ago, the IRA bombed the Grand Hotel in Brighton during a Conservative Party conference.

Five people died and 34 were injured in the attack on 12 October 1984.

Then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was working on her conference speech, escaped uninjured.

However, her colleague, Norman Tebbit, had to be rescued from the rubble. His wife, Margaret, was left paralysed.

BBC Northern Ireland Political Reporter Stephen Walker has talked to the current hotel manager, Michael Knox-Johnston, about that night.

Mr Knox-Johnston said Mrs Thatcher had just left her bathroom when the bomb exploded. He said that it was a move that may have saved her life.

Our reporter also talked to Father Robert Fayers, of St Paul's in Brighton, about a service to mark the anniversary.


Father Robert Fayers, of St Paul's, Brighton, talks about the remembrance service.

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