Ten years on, tributes paid to Bali bombing victims

TWO North East men killed in the Bali bombings have been remembered on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

TWO North East men killed in the Bali bombings have been remembered on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire joined relatives and friends of the 28 Britons who lost their lives on October 12, 2002, to mark the day.

A total of 202 people were killed and more than 204 injured when the al Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah group detonated bombs at two packed nightspots.

Among the victims were 55-year-old Ian Findlay, of Pelton, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, and Clive Walton, 34, of Sunderland.

Ian was on the last night of a holiday with friends Ian Stafford and Kevin McVittie when they were caught up in the blast at the Sari nightclub. Clive, son of Sunderland councillors Jack and Lillian Walton, was touring Bali with a rugby club.

Yesterday hundreds of people, including Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard as well as Britain’s ambassador to Indonesia, gathered for a ceremony on the island, where more than 2,000 police and military, including snipers, guarded the service amid security concerns.

And in London, families and friends of the British victims attended a closed ceremony at the memorial at St James’s Park.

Mr Swire made a brief speech before laying a wreath, saying: “The cold, calculated and cruel nature of the attack, targeting primarily young innocent travellers, has left an indelible mark on our national memory.

“I am reminded of it as I pass this memorial each morning on my way into the office. The 202 names inscribed here include also the Indonesian bystanders – those who were not targeted but killed nevertheless. The names include people of 23 different nationalities and from all six continents.

“They do not include the names of those who remained unidentified. But our thoughts go out to those from whom they were so suddenly taken.

“The bombers hoped to spread terror ... and indeed they did. But the legacy of those crimes is not terror. The legacy is the stories of bravery about those who compromised their own safety to help rescue the injured.

“It is the solidarity of people and governments all around the world – of different races, religions and political beliefs – who deplored the attacks and all they stood for, and who mark this sombre anniversary. The legacy is the bereavement left behind by the 202 people whose lives were cut tragically short and the relentless work done by their loved ones to commemorate them.

“We remember the dead here in London alongside many of the victims’ family members and friends present, and with representatives of many of the 22 other countries in mourning.”

 
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