Retail BID to light up trees purple in memory of Birmingham Pub Bombings victims

A new memorial to the victims of the Birmingham Pub Bombings will be unveiled in a ceremony outside New Street Station today (21 November 2018), exactly forty-four years after the atrocity took place.

The new memorial will be a grove of sculptured metal trees with the names of the twenty-one victims engraved on the leaves. There will be seating built into the base of two of the trees providing visitors a place to rest and contemplate.

In commemoration of the new memorial, Retail BID will be lighting up the trees purple in the city centre to remember the twenty-one lives that were lost during the pub bombing.

The artwork installation has been funded by Network Rail as part of the New Street station upgrade. The New Street station site was selected because of its prominence in the centre of the city.

The impetus for the new memorial has come from the leaders of Birmingham’s Irish communities. Following historical research into the after-effects of the bombings by Professor Gavin Schaffer and Dr Saima Nasar at the University of Birmingham, Irish community leaders came together with victims’ families under the leadership of Birmingham Irish Association’s Maurice Malone, to create a new monument to the victims.