Youngsters create artistic legacies to mark bombing 20th anniversary

Warrington Guardian: The pupils with Clr Mike Hannon The pupils with Clr Mike Hannon

YOUNGSTERS from across the town have been creating ‘artistic legacies’ representing peace, hope and reconciliation to mark the 20th anniversary of the IRA bombing in the town.

Twenty primary schools are currently taking part in the project which will eventually lead to a sculpture being designed based upon themes from the artwork next year.

Using watercolour paints, coloured pencils and oil pastels, pupils have been working alongside the council’s families and wellbeing service, Culture Warrington and artists Andy and Sharon Shaw to create the work in memory of bombing victims Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball.

Clr Mike Hannon, deputy leader of the council, said: “In the aftermath of the bombing in 1993, children at the time helped to create the 12 discs that form part of the River of Life memorial and it fills me with great pride that 20 years on the next generation are making a similar contribution to the town’s history.

“What happened in March 1993 will always be a part of our history and it is important to me that future generations understand not only what happened but also learn about how Warrington came together as a town and moved forward during a very difficult and emotional time.”

Children were asked to provide drawings and designs based on the themes of ‘love, peace, hope, forgiveness, unity and friendship’.

The final artwork will be transferred onto panels and put on display in each school with plans to turn the pieces into a public exhibition.

Angela Grace, head teacher at Penketh South CE Primary School who has coordinated the project, said: “When we all met earlier this year it was clear that we wanted to create something visual that our gifted children could get involved in and allow for their creative talents to flourish.

“This project has also provided an opportunity for our pupils to learn about the tragic events of the Warrington bombing and also create their own gift that they can give to the community.”

The council is also appealing for residents, groups and businesses to get in touch if they would like to sponsor the sculpture.

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