Dunblane massacre's 25th anniversary will be marked privately by residents, says local minister

THE 25th anniversary of the Dunblane massacre today would be marked privately by residents as they do every year, a local minister said.

Sixteen children and teacher Gwen Mayor were murdered by gunman Thomas Hamilton at a primary school.

Dunblane Cathedral’s Rev Colin Renwick will remember the victims in prayer at an online service tomorrow.

He said: “Many people in Dunblane will be marking this particular anniversary as they mark March 13 every year — quietly, privately and with respect for those who lost their lives in the tragedy of 25 years ago.

"They will also be remembering those whose grief will always be deepest, and the people who still, in one way or another, bear scars.

"Some will light a candle in their home, spending time in quiet reflection, prayer and remembering.

"For those who lost someone in the tragedy, every day will be one of remembering in some way, and the anniversaries that will be just as poignant for them will be the birthdays of those they have lost, as they ponder what might have been.

"As is the case every year, the people lost, and those affected most profoundly, will be remembered in prayers in churches throughout the community, including Dunblane Cathedral, on the Sunday closest to March 13.

"Sadly, because of restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, Dunblane Cathedral, in common with all church buildings and other historic properties, is currently closed, and worship is being held online."

On Thursday night, ITV’s Return to Dunblane with Lorraine Kelly showed the TV host and Sun columnist revisiting the small Stirlingshire town where she reported on the 1996 killings.

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