Aunt of Lockerbie’s ‘mystery baby’ thanks man who carried her dead bodyDecember 18, 2018
The aunt of a 20 month old child killed in the Lockerbie bombing has thanked the police officer who helped give her "dignity and compassion" by carrying her body to be laid to rest.
On ITV’s Lorraine, Colin Dorrance and David Whalley spoke out about their experiences as this week marks the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing, where a Pan Am flight from Frankfurt to Detroit was sestroyed by a bom and crashed into residential areas of Lockerbie in Scotland.
All 243 passengers and 16 crew were killed and 11 people living in the area were killed by the crash.
Colin, then an 18-year-old police officer, helped to move debris and take bodies into the hall, where they were being laid to rest, one of which was 20-month-old Bryony Owen.
Her aunt, Veronica, wrote to the show to thank Colin for his efforts.
Lorraine read the letter, which said: "Colin, first I’d like to say how thankful I am to him and the many people of Lockerbie and more on that dreadful day. To know Bryony was looked after with dignity and compassion is massive to me as her aunty.
"I know the memories of that day will never fade but what you did at such a young age is beyond belief and will always stay with me."
But Colin, being an evidently humble man, said it was all the farmer, David Stewart, who did the work, and he deflected the gratitude to him.
Talking about who has been able to meet throughout his commemorations of the event, he said: "That’s how I got to a meeting with David Stewart, who turned out to be younger than I was and who picked up Bryony, so it’s really David that Veronica should be grateful to.
Lorraine herself was involved in the bombing from a journalistic perspective, as she was one of the first journalists on the cene at the tender age of 29.
Lorraine airs weekdays at 8.30am on ITV.
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