THE town will fall silent next Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the Warrington bombing.

On March 20, 1993, two IRA bombs exploded on Bridge Street killing 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Johnathan Ball while injuring many more.

A commemoration service, attended by HRH The Princess Royal, will be held on Bridge Street on Tuesday.

The memorial service will also be attended by the families of victims of the attack, faith leaders and representatives of the British and Irish governments.

This includes Colin and Wendy Parry who set up The Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace.

The foundation, which is our 2018 charity of the year, was established in the name and memory of the two young boys whose lives were cut tragically short.

Warrington Male Voice Choir and choirs from Sankey High School and Barrow Hall Primary School are expected to perform at the commemoration.

Wreaths will be laid at 12.25pm with a minute’s silence at 12.27pm.

Due to the size of the event and the security procedures in place the council has advised members of the public who are not planning on attending the event to avoid the town centre for the duration of the service.

A number of road closures will also be in place on the day:

From 5am on Tuesday and up to around 3pm there will be road closures and restrictions on some pedestrian access.

Closure in place from 9am along Sankey Street from Legh Street to Bold Street.  There will no access or return until after the event finishes at approximately 1.30pm.

Cairo Street from Egypt Street to Sankey Street will be closed from 5am.  No vehicles permitted at this time.

Buttermarket Street from the junction with Scotland Road will be closed from 5am – access prohibited.

Town centre (Bridge Street, Horsemarket Street, Buttermarket Street, Sankey Street) no access for deliveries on the day until approximately 2pm.

Horrocks Lane will be closed from 5am.  No vehicles permitted up until approximately 1.30pm.