M62 Remembrance Parade 2013 39th Anniversary

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' In the days to come the mountain where the Temple stands
will be the highest one of all, towering above all the hills.
Many nations will come streaming to it, and their people will say
" Let us go up the hill of the Lord,
for He will teach us what He wants us to do:
we will walk in the paths He has chosen.
He will settle disputes among the nations,
among the great powers near and far.
They will hammer their swords into ploughs
and their spears into pruning-knives.
Nations will never again go to war,
never prepare for battle again.
Everyone will live in peace among his own vineyards
and fig trees, and no one will make him afraid.
The Lord Almighty has promised this.'

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God.

The Event
The M62 coach bombing happened on 4 February 1974 on the M62 motorway in England, when a Provisional IRA bomb exploded in a coach carrying off-duty British Armed Forces personnel and their family members. Twelve people were killed by the bomb, which consisted of 25 pounds of high explosive hidden in a luggage locker on the coach.
The coach had been specially commissioned to carry British Army and Royal Air Force personnel on leave with their families from and to the bases at Catterick and Darlington during a period of industrial strike action on the trains. The vehicle had departed Manchester some time before, and was making good progress on the M62 motorway. Shortly after midnight, when the bus was near Hartshead Moor Motorway service area, there was a large explosion on board. Most of those aboard were sleeping at the time. The blast, which could be heard several miles away, reduced the coach to a "tangle of twisted metal".
The explosion killed eleven people outright and wounded over fifty others, one of whom died four days later. Amongst the dead were nine soldiers - two from the Royal Artillery, three from the Royal Corps of Signals and four from the 2nd battalion Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
One of the latter was Corporal Clifford Houghton, whose entire family consisting of his wife Linda and his sons Lee (5) and Robert (2) also died. Numerous others suffered severe injuries, including a six-year-old boy, who was badly burned.


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