No invite to anniversary for Brighton bomber

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The Independent Online

Jo Berry, the daughter of a Tory politician who was killed in the Brighton bomb, has decided not to invite the IRA volunteer who planted the bomb down to Brighton for the upcoming 25th anniversary of the attack.

The 52-year-old peace campaigner, whose father Sir Anthony Berry was killed in the attack, had been intending to invite Patrick Magee to a screening of a film about conflict resolution in which they both feature. Since Magee’s release from prison the two have become close friends and often lecture together.

But after learning that a separate ceremony for survivors of the bomb blast was also being planned at the Brighton Grand, Miss Berry said yesterday that she would no longer host a screening of the film on the same day.

“In light of the planned commemoration at the Brighton Grand I now have no intention of holding a screening of the film on the same day,” she said.