Memorial service held in Lockerbie

Memorial Service at Dryfesdale Cemetery Credit: PA

A memorial ceremony took place in Lockerbie to remember the 270 people killed the Lockerbie bombing 30 years ago.

11 people died in Lockerbie along with the 259 passengers and crew on board the New York-bound Pan Am Flight 103 when it came down on the night of December 21, 1988.

The Queen's representative, Lord Lieutenant for Dumfriesshire Fiona Armstrong, laid the first tribute in Dryfesdale Cemetery, attended by the families of victims, politicians and local community groups.

Prayers were read and a series of silences held before wreaths were laid at the base of a memorial containing the names of all 270 victims of the tragedy.

Pupils from local schools, and Scouts and Guides groups, and representatives of the emergency services laid flowers before the families of victims approached the memorial.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell Credit: PA

Scottish Secretary, David Mundell who is from the town of Lockerbie said ahead of the service

On this 30th anniversary of the bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the 270 men, women and children who perished on that terrible night, and everyone else whose life has been touched by the event."

David Mundell, Scottish Secretary

Many believe the atrocity was committed in revenge for the downing of an Iran Air passenger flight by a US missile cruiser earlier in 1988.

The only person ever convicted of the bombing, former Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who died in 2012 after being released from Greenock jail on compassionate grounds.