Family join candle-light parade to remember bomb victim Nik

FELIXSTOWE: The family of a Felixstowe man who was killed in a nail bomb attack in Soho have taken part in a candle-light parade to mark his memory.

Nik Moore, 31, and his friends, pregnant Andrea Dykes, 27, and John Light, 32, both of Colchester, were killed on April 30, 1999, when the Admiral Duncan pub was torn apart by the blast.

On Friday the family returned to London for the anti hate crime event, organised by Mark Healey, founder of the 17-24-30 campaign which works to bringing an end to hate crime, to mark the three 1999 bombs in the capital – the others in Brick Lane and Brixton – and other deaths since.

Around 450 people attended the event in Soho, holding flowers and candles as they walked from the Admiral Duncan to the cherry trees planted in memory of those who died.

A service of remembrance was held in the churchyard to mark the 11th anniversary.

Mr Moore’s sister Carolyn said the family felt it was important to attend the event and remember Nik and the other victims.

“It is an emotional time for us every year and the date brings it all back, but we feel it is important to remember and to be with others remembering in the same way,” she said.

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Mr Moore, described by his family as “the life and soul of the party wherever he went”, had a series of jobs after leaving school before serving in the Merchant Navy and in the RAF in the Signals unit.

Later he worked as an administrator in Saudi Arabia for British Aerospace and then in Australia.

The Admiral Duncan was targeted because of its use by the gay community, of which Nik was a member.

Do you have fond memories of Nik Moore? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or you can send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk