LiveAS IT HAPPENED: March 20 in Warrington

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Summary

  • Service marked the 21st anniversary of the Bridge Street bombings
  • Silence fell at lunchtime to remember Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball
  • Education minister Elizabeth Truss was in town this morning talking maths
  • Wolves take on Wigan in Grand Final repeat in evening Super League clash
  • Question Time to be filmed in town tonight

5:11pm

Thanks for joining us today on an important day for Warrington.

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And our final installment of our favourite Wolves v Wigan HJ clashes takes us back to 2006.

Game five

WIGAN born Paul Wood was the hero in this narrow win in the summer of 2006.
He scored late on as Wolves won a tight one, 22-20. 

Read the report from the game here

Warrington Guardian:

3:51pm

3:40pm

Motorists are being warned to take it slow over the Thelwall Viaduct due to strong winds.

The speed limit over the bridges has been reduced to 30 mph - down from its 50 mph limits set during roadworks on the bridge.

To get the latest travel news click here.

Warrington Guardian:

3:27pm

It is Sport Relief tomorrow with events planned across Warrington.

Tonight four fundraisers will be on their bikes during the Wolves v Wigan match.

Click here for more

Warrington Guardian:

3:21pm

Back to winning ways for our fourth highlight of previous Warrington v Wigan games - it comes from 2008.

Number four is when Matt King was knocked out and then Wigan full back Richie Mathers sent off in this 2008 clash.

And Wolves came out on the winning side, with a 32-20 success.

Read the report from that night here

Warrington Guardian:

3:02pm

 

"I'll hopefully get into the team and I'd be pretty pleased to play. "It'd be a bit weird with having friends and quite a lot of the players I played with in their team, but it will be a good test."

Matty Russell, Wolves star

3:02pm

A WOOLSTON school - the town's first free school -  was praised for its ‘very creative curriculum’ and the ‘outstanding behaviour’ of its pupils following a visit from Ofsted inspectors.

The report was published today. And education minister Elizabeth Truss paid them a visit to celebrate.

Click here

 

2:50pm

MATTY Russell says Wolves will not be taking Wigan lightly, despite all their squad changes this year and the absence of their influential England stars Sean O'loughlin and Michael McIlorum for tonight's 'derby' at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

He said: "They've got some new faces and are looking a different team to the one they have been for the past few years.

"I'm sure they'll pick up and they'll definitely show up against Warrington for this 'derby'."

Warrington Guardian: Matty Russell's fine debut pleased Warrington's coaches

2:44pm

Warrington Wolves' 2014 signing Matty Russell will be playing against his first professional club if selected by Tony Smith tonight.

Matty, a full back who has been on the substitutes' bench for Wolves' past two wins against Salford and London, said: "I'll hopefully get into the team and I'd be pretty pleased to play.

"It'd be a bit weird with having friends and quite a lot of the players I played with in their team, but it will be a good test."

Warrington Guardian:

Matty Russell against Salford last week

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Our third memory from Wolves v Wigan games at the HJ. And this time, a bitter last minute blow.

Number three

Heartbreak in February 2010 when Wolves thought they had secured a last minute winner.
But David Solomona’s try was ruled out and the Wolves suffered a devastating loss.

Here is our report from that night

Warrington Guardian:

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Today Warrington is marking the 21st anniversary of the Bridge Street bombings.

Father of 12-year-old Tim, Colin Parry said: “The people of this town can hold their heads high after doing so much following such an awful event.

“Every year is important to us.

“Tim and Johnathan would both be young men now with families of their own and holding down good jobs.

“Their memories will live on and are enshrined in this plaque.”

See the full story and watch the video here

Warrington Guardian:

2:06pm

Ready for some Challenge Cup action?

Wolves take on Hull KR away in the fourth round and the fixture has been confirmed for Sunday, April 6 with a 2pm kick off.

Tickets on sale now

Full story here

Warrington Guardian:

2:03pm

Today may be rainy but March has been pretty sunny so far. But remember this time last year? 

A freak snow storm his town - leaving the Wolves-Giants game a white out.

What a difference a year makes as these pictures from last year and earlier this week show!

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1:54pm

Wolves coach Tony Smith says he will NOT be drawing extra motivation from the Grand Final defeat to Wigan before tonight's clash at the Halliwell Jones. 

Full story here

1:45pm

What is your prediction for the game later?

Vote here

1:28pm

Throughout today we are looking at our top five moments from Wolves v Wigan clashes in the last decade at The Halliwell Jones Stadium ahead of tonight's clash.

Here is number two

A win over Wigan would almost secure a first League Leader’s Shield for the Wolves in 2011.
A lightning fast start resulted in an early Micheal Monaghan try as Wolves put Wigan to the sword in a 39-12 win.

Read Mike Parsons' report from that afternoon here

Warrington Guardian:

1:27pm

The brother of Johnathan Ball said he was touched to see so many people paying their respects today. 

More from the one minute silence here 

Warrington Guardian:

1:15pm

Here is education minister Elizabeth Truss chatting to education reporter Lauren Hirst earlier today

Warrington Guardian:

12:58pm

Colin Parry spoke at the lunchtime event on the 21st anniversary of the attacks

Watch the video here

Warrington Guardian:

 

12:50pm

Crowds gathered on Bridge Street to pay their respects to Johnathan and Tim on the 21st anniversary of the Warrington bombing.

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Education minister Elizabeth Truss visited Evelyn Street Primary School today.

She was joined by Warrington South MP David Mowat, who both had a tour of the school in Sankey Bridges.

The aim of the tour was to see firsthand the outstanding maths provision at the school. 

Warrington Guardian:

12:06pm

Education minister Elizabeth Truss was in Warrington this morning.

Watch her with pupils at Evelyn Street Primary School in Sankey Bridges

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Colin Parry, father of Warrington bombing victim Tim, said the Great Sankey High School choir singing at last year's civic commemoration in Warrington was very moving

Find out more about the Warrington bombing in our special section here

Warrington Guardian: Colin Parry, father of Tim Parry, speaks during a ceremony to mark the 20 year anniversary of the Warrington bomb

11:29am

Bridge Street will be quiet today but there was a sea of flowers 21 years ago after the bombing attacks

Warrington Guardian:

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11:15am

New Government figures released this morning show 760 people are claiming Universal Credit in Warrington.

Warrington is one of nine sites across the country using the controversial system.

 

11:09am

Warrington South MP David Mowat has paid a warm tribute to the Peace Centre during yesterday's Budget debate.

He told MPs: "The work the centre does for victims, both of the troubles in Northern Ireland and of 7/7 was under threat and the support that has noe been given will fix that.

"It is also true and I know Colin and Wendy Parry agree with this - that the funding must be put on a sustainable basis, as the centre needs to do more projects over time with the Homer Office and the Foreign Office."

Read how the programme was saved here

Warrington Guardian: David Mowat addresses his parliamentary colleagues

10:59am

A reminder for anyone wishing to join in with the minute's silence to mark the 21st Warrington bombing anniversary.... 

It starts at 12.27pm on Bridge Street. 

10:42am

The remaining panel members for tonight's BBC Question Time have been announced. 

Will you be watching or have you got tickets to be part of the audience?

For the full panel list click here

Warrington Guardian: ON: David Dimbleby invites another question

10:42am

And as Warrington gathers to remember victims of the 1993 IRA bombing, some good news in the Budget for the town yesterday. 

George Osborne announced £150,000 would be given to save a threatened programme at the Peace Centre, run by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.

It was established by Colin and Wendy Parry as a result of the terrorist attack.  

Full story here

 

10:40am

Today marks the 10th year of Warrington v Wigan battles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

We have come up with our five favourite moments from games gone by - in no particular order.

Here is our number one.

Wolves score twice in the last 10 minutes to secure a comeback win in June 2013 in front of more than 15,000 fans. 

Here's our reflections on that game here

Warrington Guardian:

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Today the Warrington Guardian announces Home Start as its charity of the year.

The independent charity, which was founded in 1999, helps families with children under five who are experiencing difficulties and are struggling to cope.

Find out more about their important work here

Warrington Guardian:

10:21am

For the full report on the 'concerning' amount of escapes at Thorn Cross YOI, details of inmates violent crimes and reaction from the community, see here

Warrington Guardian:

 

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9:15am Thu 20 Mar 14

linniemo says

@warringtonnews I was in town that fateful day and for the first time ever I let my11 yrs. old daughter go off with her cousin to buy mothers day presents when the bombs went off I was a mess I could not find her I was not allowed to look for her as we were made to leave the town I was a wreck but luckily they had sense and made their way to their aunties who lived near the town centre. That day is relived every year for me and no it does not seem like 21 yrs. ago but like yesterday.

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Motorists travelling around the town centre this morning may have found themselves caught up in heavy traffic on certain routes.

Warrington Borough Council say a communications fault on some of the traffic lights surrounding Bridge Foot has caused the problem.

 

Motorists travelling on towards Chester Road from all other routes have been worst affected by the fault.

9:26am

In today's Warrington Guardian, we report on dramatic new figures about Thorn Cross YOI.

They show there has been one escape every two weeks for the past two years.

Warrington Guardian:

9:11am

Throughout the day we will be looking at our archives to that day in 1993.

Guardian photographer Mike Boden was in town covering a Labour conference when he heard what had happened.

He took these dramatic pictures.

Warrington Guardian:

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Whatever is happening today, we want you to get involved.

Were you there on the day of the bombings? Does it feel like 21 years ago?

Will you be watching Wolves tonight? Can they beat their derby rivals?

Comment at the bottom of this page, tweet us using #wglive or @warringtonnews or email here

8:46am

And tonight also the sees the Question Time cameras roll into town.

David Dimbleby is in the chair while Andy Burnham is among the panellists.

Warrington Guardian: Andy Burnham

8:37am

Tonight Warrington Wolves take on Wigan in the biggest game of the Super League season so far.

In a repeat of last year's agonising Grand Final loss, prop Chris Hill says it will be a 'grudge match'

And he should know after contrasting feelings in two games against them last year.

Read his thoughts

Warrington Guardian:

8:32am

Yesterday afternoon saw an emergency response at Warrington Hospital after a chemical incident at a new plant in Runcorn.

A&E was closed for a couple of hours while the 20 members of staff were treated.

Read what happened here

Warrington Guardian:

 

8:20am

Meanwhile education and childcare minister Elizabeth Truss will be in town.

She is visiting a primary school this morning to talk about the Government's maths reforms.

The Government is promising a 'rigorous new curriculum that focuses on the basics in primary so pupils can progress and achieve greater success at secondary'

Warrington Guardian: Schools minister Elizabeth Truss said the adult to child ratio in nurseries is too restrictive in England

8:17am

A one minute silence will be held at 12.27pm, the time an IRA bomb ripped through the town centre killing 12-year-old Tim and three-year-old Johnathan Ball and injuring many others.

The Mayor of Warrington councillor Peter Carey and representatives from the council and charity will meet at the River of Life to pay their respects and lay flowers.

It has been an important week already for the Peace Centre - the charity which came out of the violence.

The Government confirmed in yesterday's budget that funding would continue.

Get the latest here

8:15am

Welcome to our live coverage on a busy day in Warrington.

It is the 21st anniversary since an IRA bomb killed two children on Bridge Street - Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball.

A short service of remembrance will take place at 12.27pm today at the spot where the attack happened

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9:15am Thu 20 Mar 14

linniemo says...

@warringtonnews I was in town that fateful day and for the first time ever I let my11 yrs. old daughter go off with her cousin to buy mothers day presents when the bombs went off I was a mess I could not find her I was not allowed to look for her as we were made to leave the town I was a wreck but luckily they had sense and made their way to their aunties who lived near the town centre. That day is relived every year for me and no it does not seem like 21 yrs. ago but like yesterday.
@warringtonnews I was in town that fateful day and for the first time ever I let my11 yrs. old daughter go off with her cousin to buy mothers day presents when the bombs went off I was a mess I could not find her I was not allowed to look for her as we were made to leave the town I was a wreck but luckily they had sense and made their way to their aunties who lived near the town centre. That day is relived every year for me and no it does not seem like 21 yrs. ago but like yesterday. linniemo
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