On March 20th 1993 the IRA exploded two bombs without warning in a shopping street in the town of Warrington. It was the day before Mothering Sunday and very busy. The bombs in bins created shrapnel that killed three-year-old Johnathan Ball and five days later 12-year-old Tim Parry lost his life. 54 others were seriously injured. The incident shocked the nation and gained worldwide publicity.
After the bombing, numerous organisations came together in a spirit of reconciliation and formed the Warrington Ireland Reconciliation Enterprise (WIRE). The parents of Tim Parry, supported by Johnathan’s parents (Johnathan’s parents have since passed away) wanted to gain an understanding of why they lost their children. Colin and Wendy Parry were then taken by BBC Panorama to Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the USA. During that visit, they saw some of the work going on to create peace.