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Act of remembrance planned for Piper Alpha anniversary

A memorial trust is planning an “informal” act of remembrance in Aberdeen this weekend to mark 31 years since the Piper Alpha disaster.

A total of 167 people lost their lives in the tragedy on July 6, 1988.

The Pound for Piper trust is organising the event, which will take place at the Piper Alpha memorial gardens in Hazlehead Park on Saturday (July 6).

Reverend Gordon Craig of the Oil and Gas Chaplaincy will lead the tributes with words of commemoration.

Survivor of the tragedy Steve Rae, who is chairman of the Pound for Piper trust, will then lay a wreath at the memorial.

The event is due to begin at 2pm.

Last year the industry widely marked 30 years since Piper Alpha, including a Safety 30 conference organised by industry body Oil and Gas UK.

Lord Cullen, the man who oversaw the exhaustive inquiry into the disaster and brought sweeping safety reforms, spoke at the event outlining how management did not take proper notice of warning signs.

Campaigning last year also saw the Cullen report made free to the public after the Health and Safety Executive decided to waive the charges.

It can be read on the HSE website.

More information on Saturday’s memorial event can be found on its Facebook page.

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Craigmill, Pitcaple, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom, AB51 5HP
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