Lockerbie bombing remembered on 25th anniversary

Memorial services are taking place to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing which killed 270 people. In a joint statement, British, US and Libyan authorities vowed to "deepen" their cooperation in investigating the atrocity.

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Son of Lockerbie victim: We will never forget

ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward found this message among others at the memorial garden for Lockerbie victims, where a service was held to remember the 259 victims.

Lockerbie will 'always welcome' friends and family

The 25th anniversary memorial service for the Lockerbie disaster seeks to "comfort" and "console" the families of victims killed in the atrocity, Reverend John Macleod said during the service.

It is 25 years after the day on which certain men chose to set aside their humanity and destroy the lives of 270 people in the air over this area of Scotland and here in the little town of Lockerbie; not only their lives but also those who survived, families and friends.

What we the people of Lockerbie in this area will never tire of saying is we welcome you once again to this place where you know you are always welcome.

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Salmond: Never forget victims of Lockerbie disaster

Lockerbie has been a welcoming place for the relatives who died in the disaster, First Minister Alex Salmond said today.

Speaking to BBC News, Mr Salmond added: "Out of disaster, there are the bonds of friendship.

"I don't think you ever move on, you certainly never forget, but people do rebuild their lives and many have."

First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond prepares to lay a wreath during Lockerbie memorial service Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond after laying a wreath Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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Service to mark Lockerbie anniversary

Dryfesdale Parish Church. Credit: ITV News Border

A special ceremony will take place at Dryfesdale cemetery in Lockerbie this evening, December 21, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing.

The service will mark the death of the 270 people killed when the Pan Am flight was blown up in 1988.

Families of the victims will be joined by US and UK dignitaries for tonight's service.

Dryfesdale Parish Church. Credit: ITV News Border
Inside Dryfesdale Parish Church. Credit: ITV News Border

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Former ambassador: We may never know truth

The truth behind the Lockerbie bombing may never be known, according to a former British ambassador to Libya.

Former British ambassador Oliver Miles said he believes nobody could be brought to justice for the incident - but said he suspected former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was behind the bombing.

Mr Miles told the BBC:

It was such a shocking and enormous atrocity that clearly nobody was going to rest until the truth was found.

I don't think the truth possibly ever will be found so perhaps we will be talking about this for years to come.

I don't think anybody thinks he was the man behind the bombing, I think the question is whether he was one of the operatives who actually did what had to be done if it was a Libyan bombing - he's supposed to be responsible for getting the bomb on to the plane.

But I don't think anyone thinks he was the mastermind, so to speak - if there was a Libyan mastermind, it was Gaddafi.

While Gaddafi was still in power I never felt there was any real prospect of co-operation from the Libyan side. That's changed. We now have a Libyan regime that has no interest in concealing Gaddafi's crimes - rather the contrary.

Alex Salmond: Important we remember pain of Lockerbie

As memorial services are set to take place in Lockerbie, London and Washington on the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond paid tribute to the 270 victims of the tragedy.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will attend a memorial service for the victims. Credit: PA

"On this 25-year anniversary, and as the country prepares once more to relive the harrowing events of that terrible night, it is important that we remember that the pain and suffering of the families and friends of those who died has endured since that winter night in 1988.

"As the community of Lockerbie marks the milestone, memorial events will be held in Westminster Abbey, Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and at Syracuse University which lost 35 students in the bombing.

"But, inevitably, a focus of the day will be on the memorial in Lockerbie and it is there that I will pay my respects and condolences on behalf of the people of Scotland."

Mr Salmond and Lord Wallace, Advocate General for Scotland, will attend a wreath-laying ceremony at Dryfesdale Cemetery in the Dumfries and Galloway town.

Miliband: Thoughts are with victims and campaigners

Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to the victims of the Lockerbie bombing on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.

The bombing of Pan Am flight 103 was a horrific act of terrorism that cruelly took the lives of people from Lockerbie, the rest of the UK, the USA and across the world.

Many of the victims were travelling to visit family and friends for Christmas.

Our thoughts are with all of those who died and with the people who lost loved ones 25 years ago - many of whom campaigned passionately for justice for the victims.

– Labour leader Ed Miliband
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