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West Bridgford explosion victims remembered twenty years on

Twenty years ago a gas explosion destroyed a warden-controlled sheltered housing block on Walcote Drive, West Bridgford.

One person died in the explosion and three people were taken to the QMC after the incident in 2002.

On Saturday afternoon the Seventh day Adventist Church held a remembrance service at the Community Hall on Walcote Drive.

County Councillor Gordon Wheeler addressed the community at the service and recalled the severity of the blast, but how the death toll could have been higher, because shortly before the blast school children had been walking by the housing block.

He thanked the Fire Service who were on site until 3 am the next morning. Local resident Michael, who contacted the Church to ask for a service, also spoke and he praised the resilience of the local community.

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A big thank you to the Church, particularly to Pastor Murphy, for the service and to members of their congregation, for their warm welcome.

Pictured are some of those who attended the service, including Cllr Alan Phillips from neighbouring Compton Acres Ward, local residents and Church members.

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