The couple’s 12-year-old son, Tim, was killed in the 1993 IRA bombing of Warrington. As a BBC drama about the attack airs, they say they don’t want answers, just peace
Wendy Parry cuts off the question mid-sentence. “Do you want to know who …?” Her answer is firm, her soft voice raised as she pulls her pink cardigan tighter across her chest. “No. We know what you are going to ask and the answer is no.” How many parents would not want to know who killed their child? Colin and Wendy Parry insist they have no wish to find out who was responsible for the murder of their son, Tim, who was killed in an IRA bomb attack in Warrington, Cheshire, in 1993. He was 12 years old. This Saturday would have been his 38th birthday.
Earlier this week, the couple received a visit from Bertha McDougall, the Northern Irish commissioner for victims and survivors of the Troubles. She asked the Parrys how she could help. “I’d like to know why Warrington was chosen and I said that to her, but I don’t want to know who did it,” says Colin. “I don’t want to know what his name is, what he looks like, whether he’s got a couple of kids of his own. The whole idea that everyone wants to know who killed whom isn’t true. There are an awful lot of scabs going to be lifted as a result and I do wonder what the point is.”