East Londonderry MLA Maurice Bradley has been recalling the night an IRA bomb exploded in Coleraine.
Today, November 13, is the 25th anniversary of the bomb that ripped through the centre of Coleraine town centre. Thankfully no one was injured.
The MLA recalled: “I can remember the night of the bomb very well. I was standing talking to a friend outside Diamond Sawmills when I heard a very loud bang.
“I will always remember the sound, it was more like a dull thud, and I knew right away it was a bomb.
“I jumped in the car, and as I made my way towards the town I could see the glow in the sky. I got to the top of New Row and I could see the sparks flying and a bright yellow glow.
“Thankfully the emergency services were on the scene and were in action tackling the blaze. It is a miracle that given the size and the time of the bomb that no one was killed, and I am really thankful of this.
“One thing that really sticks in my mind is the unanimous defiance of the people of Coleraine. There was a view that this bomb would not destroy the community spirit or the commercial heart of the town.
“It is that spirit of togetherness that sets Coleraine aside from other places in Northern Ireland. And, we remain united as a town as united as a people today.”