Charity attends air disaster memorial

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A charity official from Whitley Bay was joined by family and friends of victims of an air disaster which brought two countries closer together.

Vishwanath Pullé, the international chairman of umbrella charity Angels of the North, officiated at the annual memorial service in County Cork, Ireland, at the weekend, to mark the 28th anniversary of the bombing of an Air India flight off the Irish coast.

The service is held each year to remember all those who died when a bomb deonated on board Air India Flight 182 onJune 23, 1985, killing all 329 passengers.

The ceremony was held by a hand carved limestone sundial, notched so that on the same day every year the sun casts its shadow at 8.13am, the exact moment of the tragedy.