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Shropshire woman Sally Adey remembered at royal unveiling of memorial to terrorism victims

By Ian Harvey | Shifnal | News | Published:

A permanent national memorial to the British victims of overseas terrorism was being unveiled today in a ceremony attended by bereaved families and the Prince of Wales.

Sally and Rob Adey

Among those being remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire is Shropshire woman Sally Adey, one of 21 tourists killed in the 2015 attack at the Bardo museum in Tunisia.

Mrs Adey, 57, of Caynton, near Shifnal, was killed by terrorists when they stormed the museum in the capital, Tunis.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were attending today's service for the unveiling of the National Memorial to British Victims of Overseas Terrorism. They were being joined by nearly 300 people who have lost relatives, friends and loved ones, as well as senior Government ministers.

Among the families expected are survivors of the deadly Tunisian beach attack at Sousse in 2015, in which 30 Britons were killed.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby was leading the ceremony to dedicate the memorial, entitled Still Water, which was designed by Alison Wilding and Adam Kershaw.

Also present will be Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Tobias Ellwood, Minister for Defence People and Veterans.

Mr Ellwood, whose brother was killed in the 2002 Bali bombing, was tasked in 2015 with delivering the memorial.

Its design, as an elliptical-shaped pool surrounded by woodland, was selected by an independent panel, in consultation with victims' relatives, in 2017.

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The memorial has no dominating symbolism but was chosen as it reflected the global reach of terrorism and the continuation of life.

Speaking ahead of the unveiling, Mr Ellwood said: "Today is a day when we remember the lives of those who were tragically taken in terrorist attacks abroad.

"I know from personal experience that in times of pain we must come together to support and help one another.

"This memorial stands as a symbol of our unity against violence and hatred and will be a peaceful space for families to remember their loved ones."

It is hoped that the memorial, which features seating, will become a place of reflection, remembrance and contemplation for people living with the impact of terrorism.

Ian Harvey

By Ian Harvey
@IanHarvey_Star

Shropshire Star Internet Editor based at the head office in Ketley, Telford

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