A backbench Tory MP gave an emotional speech on Armistice Day, recounting the moment he held a dying girl in his arms following the 1982 bomb attack on the Droppin Well pub in Ballykelly, Northern Ireland. Colonel Bob Stewart served in the British Army for 29 years and was commanding officer of UN forces in Bosnia. He has been the MP for Beckenham since 2010.
The Droppin Well bombing was carried out by the Irish National Liberation Army. Soldiers were known to frequent the premises and no warning was given. The 17 victims were aged between 17 and 27, three of which were teenage girls - one of whom died in the arms of then Major Stewart.
|The wreckage of the Droppin Well in Ballykelly|