A former soldier and author was invited to a 20th anniversary remembrance day for the victims of the 1993 IRA bombing of Warrington.
Steven McLaughlin, who wrote the bestselling book Squaddie: A Soldier’s Story, trained in conflict resolution counselling at the Warrington Peace Centre last year.
The centre was set up by Colin Parry in memory of his son Tim, who was murdered in the blast.
Steven, 41, who lives in Preston, said: “This was one of those sad invitations that commemorate something tragic, but that you are nonetheless humbled to receive.
“The centre does incredible work in healing wounds and bringing victims of warfare together, and over the years it’s been a great friend to those who need it most.
“The memorial day itself was a profoundly moving and deeply significant event that I shall never forget - 20 balloons and 20 doves were released into the sky to signify the years that have passed since the bomb claimed its victims.”