Good Morning Britain's Laura Tobin 'auditions for Strictly' with hilarious dance routine as she warms up for the show

GOOD Morning Britain’s Laura Tobin warmed up for the show today with a hilarious dance routine.

The 37-year-old weather woman showed off her best Strictly moves in a behind the scenes clip taken before they went on air.

Dressed in a striped dress, Laura can be seen gyrating and twirling her hips to keep her co-stars entertained.

Host Piers Morgan was shown the video when he arrived and was left gobsmacked by her moves.

Susanna Reid joked: “Strictly producers, if you’re watching, she is available!”

Watching it back, Laura admitted: “In my head it didn’t look like that. In my head it actually looked OK but that was terrible.”

Laura returned to GMB last year after welcoming her daughter Charlotte, who was born three months prematurely.


Alex Beresford stood in for her while she was off and continues to whenever he is needed.

He of course appeared on Dancing On Ice, while Susanna Reid has appeared on Strictly in the past.

Speaking of motherhood previously , Laura said: "Nobody tells you how hard it is being a parent. It's really difficult! But do you know what? We're so lucky, she sleeps basically through the night. She doesn't like sleeping during the day so much."

And, although Charlotte is very strong now, Laura is still very cautious about her because she weighed only 2.5lbs when she born and her lungs weren't fully-formed.

She explained: "Lots of babies that are born prematurely, their lungs don't work, they have chronic lung disease. They all have oxygen support for a long time.

"However, the bigger she got, the stronger she got, and then she came home off oxygen which is amazing. But it means she's really susceptible to coughs and colds and things. I carry around a bottle of anti bacterial gel wherever I go."


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'The Good Fight' Season 3: What Fans Can Expect

The Good Fight, the spinoff series of CBS’ The Good Wife, is already in its third season. And this season is going to be interesting after the cliffhanger in the finale episode of Season 2. Keep reading to learn what fans can expect from Season 3 of The Good Fight.

Background on the show

The Good Fight was supposed to start off with Hillary Clinton becoming president. As everyone knows, Donald Trump won the election.

The series premiere begins with Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), a lifelong Democrat, watching election results roll in and realizing Trump would become the next president of the United States.

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Lockhart –spoiler alert! — who was in the midst of retiring from her law career, learns she’s broke — and must go back to work.

Why you should watch ‘The Good Fight’

If you didn’t watch The Good Wife or are apprehensive about watching spinoff shows in general, take a chance on this one.

“The Good Fight is […] better than its CBS predecessor The Good Wife ever was. Period. Full stop,” Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter wrote.

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And we wholeheartedly concur with Fienberg. The show is funny, thought-provoking, and unpredictable. For those who watched The Good Wife, dare we say you won’t miss Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) keeping her emotions in check. The only caveat is that The Good Fight is available only on the network’s app, CBS All Access.

‘It’s put up or shut up’

Several cast members appear in a promotional video for Season 3 of The Good Fight. “It’s put up or shut up,” is how actor Nyambi Nyambi, who plays the firm’s investigator, Jay Dipersia, describes the new season.

As for Baranski who plays the show’s main character, Diane Lockhart, she describes Season 3 like this: “News is breaking over us like waves, so it’s having this toxic effect. It’s making us all crazy.”

We learn more about Liz

Audra McDonald who plays Liz Reddick-Lawrence told Entertainment Tonight what fans can expect from her character in Season 3.

“Right off the bat with the first episode, there’s some personal things that happened to her that affect her and the law firm as well,” McDonald told Entertainment Tonight.

“There’s some major stuff that she has to deal with, some major bones that she has to deal with immediately.”

#MeToo will be addressed

“I don’t know what I’m allowed to say and not allowed to say, but I can say that it [the #MeToo movement] figures quite prominently,” McDonald said. “And it’s something that’s touched on and dealt with.”

Michael Sheen joins the cast

A new face will join the cast of Season 3. Actor Michael Sheen, who was once married to actress Kate Beckinsale, will play attorney Roland Blum. McDonald touched on the addition of a new character in her interview.

“Michael Sheen was such a brilliant choice,” McDonald said. “He’s such a wonderful man and so sweet, but [Roland is] this just larger than life, corrupt character. The character he’s playing really throws the firm for a major loop, so it’s like having an 800-pound gorilla in the room now.”

As for the status on the rest of the cast including Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie), Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo), Colin Morrello (Justin Bartha), Julius Cain (Michael Boatman), and Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele), you’ll have to watch Season 3 of The Good Fight.

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Good Morning Britain reveals Prince Charles 'moved on swiftly' after Danny Dyer tried to tell them they are related

Kate overheard the EastEnders star's hilarious attempt to impress the future King as she stood beside him on the red carpet at the National Prince's Trust at the London Palladium last night.

Danny is in fact 167th in line to the throne, and found out last year on Who Do You Think You Are?

Kate told viewers on GMB today: "The Prince was absolutely charming. Although somewhat surprised to find out that he is related to Danny Dyer. Which we all know because he's talked about it on this show."

Then, as footage flashed up of the Prince greeting stars on the red carpet, the host added: "Danny Dyer tries to tell him there that he's related. He sort of moved on swiftly. Uhm yes, he couldn't quite take it in."

The soap star supported GMB's mentoring award at the annual ceremony, after being mentored by legendary thespian Harold Pinter.



He appeared on stage to deliver an award with Kate when Prince Charles sat nearby.

Kate couldn't resist drawing more attention to Danny's family connection and told Danny the event was like a "family reunion" for him.

Danny replied: "Well you know when your cousin Charlie makes the call you've got to help yuor family out, do yuo know what I mean? Straight up his nut."

Later, Prince Charles finally admitted it was "interesting" to discover he had a soap star in the family.

He said: "I've discovered a long lost relationship in Daniel Dyer, he told me he was descended from Edward the III which was interesting. So I must do some research when I leave here."




Earlier this year, 41-year-old Danny travelled to Sweden and France as part of his documentary Danny Dyer's Right Royal Family that explored the lives of his aristocratic ancestors.

But Danny's not alone in his claims, with other Who Do You Think You Are? participants including Alexander Armstrong, Boris Johnson and Matthew Pinsent all turning out to be of royal descent.


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Paul Hollywood ‘is axed from the BBC’s Good Food Show’

Paul Hollywood ‘is axed from the BBC’s Good Food Show in favour of his ex wife Alex’

Paul Hollywood has reportedly been axed from the BBC’s Good Food Show and replaced by his ex wife Alex – who will appear alongside Mary Berry at the Birmingham event.

It comes after the Bake Off judge, 53, allegedly fell out with his former co-judge when at last year’s show following his treatment of his former partner, 54, a close friend of Mary’s.

Paul and his wife of 20-years, who have a 16-year-old son together, announced their split in November 2017, with the chef now dating 23-year-old Summer Monteys-Fullam. 

He’s out: Paul Hollywood has reportedly been axed from the BBC’s Good Food Show and replaced by his ex wife Alex – who will appear alongside Mary Berry at the Birmingham event

A source told The Sun: ‘Mary has made it clear were her loyalties lie – and it’s not with Paul.


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‘She’s still upset with how he behaved with Alex and is not even making an attempt to get to know Summer.

‘And to avoid any awkwardness with Paul, she’s more than happy to work with Alex and help boost her profile as a budding celebrity cook.’

Heartbroken: Paul and his wife of 20-years, who have a 16-year-old son together, announced their split in November 2017 (pictured together in 2015)

Feud: It comes after the Bake Off judge, 53, allegedly fell out with his former co-judge when at last year’s show following his treatment of his former partner, 54, a close friend of Mary’s (pictured in 2016)

Alex will reportedly join Mary on stage when they attend the occasion at Birmingham’s NEC in June.

During last November’s BBC Good Food Show, Mary refused to join Paul during his cooking demonstration, with a source at the time insisting she said ‘no quite forcefully’.

The 83-year-old also apparently refused to be pictured with her former Bake Off colleague, while snubbing his new girlfriend. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Paul and Alex Hollywood, as well as Mary Berry. 

Romance: Paul is now dating 23-year-old Summer Monteys-Fullam (pictured in April 2018)

Meanwhile, the publication recently claimed Alex became embroiled in an argument with Paul’s new girlfriend while shopping in a Marks and Spencer’s in Canterbury, Kent, last month.

The fracas is even alleged to have resulted in police being called, having initially started at the checkout before spilling out into the car park, with one witness describing the language used as ‘disgusting’.

Summer’s mother Sabina defended her daughter and took the TV baker’s former wife to task over her alleged nasty behaviour.

Summer’s sister Saskia captioned the video, which has since been viewed thousands of times, ‘the truth is finally out’ before it cuts to her mother Sabina, who speaks for five minutes outlining what she understands to be the truth of the matter. 

She says the attack was categorically started by the baker’s ex wife, who she says verbally abused her 23-year-old daughter as she went shopping.

But according to the Mirror, a spokesman for Alex insisted: ‘Alex has kept a dignified position throughout the last 14 months, which have been extremely challenging, and continues to do so.

‘Alex was shocked to bump into Summer in her local supermarket, but even in that difficult situation she did not, and would not ever, verbally abuse anyone.’ 

Affair: In 2013, Paul had an affair with Marcela Valladolid, 34, his TV co-star on the US version of Bake Off (pictured on the show in 2013) 

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Fashion community gathers to see Karl Lagerfeld cremated

Karl Lagerfeld goes out with style: Anna Wintour joins fashion high society to see Chanel legend cremated before his ashes will be ‘mixed with those of his mother and his one true love’

  • The fashion community has gathered for the cremation of Lagerfeld in Nanterre, near Paris, France, today 
  • A spokeswoman for his fashion brand Chanel had said earlier this week that there would be no funeral  
  • But noted that he would be cremated and his ashes likely scattered with those of his mother and late partner 

The fashion community has gathered to say a final goodbye to legendary designer Karl Lagerfeld, as his ashes are likely scattered with those of his mother and late partner who died of AIDS in 1989.    

Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away from pancreatic cancer aged 85 on Tuesday, had famously once said that he would have no funeral and that he was ‘really against remembrances’.  

But today large numbers gathered to pay their final respects to the designer at what a spokesman for his fashion brand Chanel has said would be a private ceremony.

Among those in attendance were longtime editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour, Caroline de Monaco the Princess of Hanover, and Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris.      

Dame Anna Wintour DBE (left), who has been editor-in-chief of Vogue since 1988, and is also artistic director for Condé Nast was among the fashion greats at Lagerfeld cremation today. She is pictured with Amanda Harlech, British creative consultant and writer with a long association with Lagerfeld

Caroline de Monaco (pictured), the Princess of Hanover, and Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris were also seen at the cremation ceremony 

Charlotte Casiraghi, the second child of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, was also in attendance. She is the eldest daughter of Princess Caroline of Hanover and one of the granddaughters of American actress Grace Kelly

Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, was also in attendance at the ceremony today. She previously said of Lagerfeld: ‘Karl was my rock. He’s always been there for me, through years of friendship and creation’

Karl Lagerfeld’s coffin is carried ahead of his cremation in Nanterre, near Paris today. Dozens have gathered to pay their final respects at the ceremony

Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away from pancreatic cancer aged 85 on Tuesday, had famously once said that he would have no funeral and that he was ‘really against remembrances’

The fashion designer, a notorious perfectionist, had written a manual dictating everything from the flowers to how to speak to customers offering their condolences.  

It instructs employees to remove all items from the shop window and place a single bouquet of white roses with a company statement on display.  

The five page document, seen by Bild, orders shop staff to ‘locally purchase a large, white flower bouquet existing out of white roses, to place in the middle of the (main) window.’


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Lagerfeld writes that the roses must have 120cm (47in) long stems and should only be placed in a transparent or basic white vase.

The manual also provides staff with acceptable answers to give to customers when they offer their condolences, including ‘Thank you for your condolences’ or ‘It is a hard time for all of us’.   

The statement on display, which was also published on Karl Lagerfeld’s Instagram reads: ‘The House of KARL LAGERFELD shares, with deep emotion and sadness, the passing of its creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, on February 19, 2019, in Paris, France. 

‘He was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style. Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious. 

‘He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed. ‘

Lagerfeld with one of his recent muses, the daughter of Johnny Depp, US-French model Lily-Rose Depp, after his Spring/Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection show for Chanel at Paris Fashion Week

Companions: Jacques De Bascher wears a white jacket and waistcoat, as he accompanies his partner Karl Lagerfeld, wearing a black three-piece suit, in a photo believed to have been taken in the 1980s

Lagerfeld passed away in the French capital Paris this week, after being rushed to hospital.

The German-born artistic director for Chanel had looked increasingly frail in recent months, and had did not come out to take a bow at Chanel’s couture show in Paris in January, something the company attributed to him being ‘too tired’.

‘He hadn’t gone on about his illness, but battled it very bravely,’ said one source. ‘Karl was very proud of his fitness and healthy living, so the pancreatic cancer came as a huge shock.’

He had also given strict instructions regarding his funeral – or rather lack thereof. 

The 85-year-old’s remains will be cremated and his ashes likely scattered with those of his mother and late French partner Jacques De Bascher, who died of AIDS in 1989. 

He had also expressed a desire to be buried with his beloved pet cat Choupette, however she survived him and is now named as a potential heiress to his vast fortune. 

‘His wishes will be respected,’ a Chanel spokeswoman said on Wednesday. 

She added that as per Lagerfeld’s wishes – he once famously said: ‘There will be no funeral. I’d rather die!’ – there will be no ceremony. 

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Mitch Creek makes good impression as Brooklyn Nets take on Celtics

Before he even played a minute in the NBA, Mitch Creek had two goals.

One was to savour his first moment in the NBA, the second was to show he belonged.

The Horsham-raised 26-year old put his best foot forward in his first proper game minutes as his Brooklyn Nets lost 112-104 to the Boston Celtics on the hallowed parquet floor of the TD Garden in Boston on Tuesday.

Creek scored his first NBA point in the Nets’ win over New York Knicks last game after being selected by the Knicks coach to shoot two free throws after teammate Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was forced from the game due to a cut on his eye.

But Creek was immediately replaced after shooting.

Tuesday proved to be Creek's first audition for the Nets who only had 10 fit players so used the occasion to play Creek in real game minutes against a team who could end up in the NBA Finals later this year.

The former Adelaide 36ers captain responded to this opportunity by picking up his first NBA field goal, rebound, steal and assist all while playing good, honest defence on a range of Celtics stars including Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and centre Al Horford.

Creek, who spent much of the game as a stretch power forward, finished with six points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes but what stood out most was Creek looked comfortable in his surrounds and could hold his own defensively.

He was also the only Nets player with a plus-minus of +6 points when on court.

That will bode well for him whether the Nets decide to keep him on the roster for another stint or whether he is left to seek another opportunity.

Creek came into the game late in the first quarter with the Nets coverage showing his mum Bev, sister Shannon and Mitch’s good friend Scott Charman celebrating his entry.

The Creeks reportedly travelled 21 hours to get to Boston in time for the game.

Fellow Australian and Celtics centre Aron Baynes greeted Creek on the court with a fist bump and a playful scowl and Creek finished off the quarter with a floating lay-up at the rim.

He started the second term and came back just before half time playing some good defence on Brown before missing two chances close to the basket right on half time.

In the third term Creek again was part of the line-up which finished the quarter and picking up a steal after Baynes attempted to keep in a ball as it went out of bounds, Creek took that steal coast-to-coast to score a lay-up.

In the fourth quarter Creek earned two free throws and played in two stints as the Celtics took a lead and kept it. Nets star D’Angelo Russell led the side with 25 points in 23 minutes while point guard Shabazz Napier added 20 points.

Baynes, who had 16 points and six rebounds, told YES Network post game he was excited to see Creek on court and the pair had a brief chat post game.

"It's great to see, the more Aussies on court in the NBA the better I reckon," Baynes said.

"It'll good to see another bloke out here representing Australia."

Creek isn't the only Australian rookie doing well with Cleveland two-way player Deng Adel continuing to make the most of his minutes.

Adel, like Creek, started the season in the second tier G-League, moves between the Cavaliers' main roster and their G-League team but has recently done well with the NBA team scoring six points in 10 minutes on Monday as they beat the Chicago Bulls.

Creek continues his stint with the Nets on Wednesday AEDT when they host the Chicago Bulls at Barclay Centre, Brooklyn.

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Vintage Air Jordans look as good as new after the shoes are restored

Vintage Air Jordans look as good as new after they are painstakingly restored in impressive footage

  • John Manalo, from the US, restored pair of Miles Morales Jordan 1’s to near-new
  • Shoes, from 1985, were in a beaten-up state with scuffed and discoloured leather
  • Mr Manalo cleans, repaints, and re-brands Jordans in an intricate restoration

A pair of Air Jordans from 1985 are restored to their former glory in impressive footage.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by John Manalo, first shows the Nike Jordan 1’s in their beaten-up state: the leather scuffed, cracked and tinted orange with age.

But Mr Manalo, from the US, soon makes it clear that the shoes worn by Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won’t be in this state for long.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by John Manalo, first shows the Nike Jordan 1’s in their beaten-up state

He said: ‘These need a repaint of the upper leather and a whitening on the tongue.’

Mr Manalo sprays the shoes with antimicrobial dish soap and scrubs down the leather as he begins the restoration. 

He then uses a leather deep-cleaner to ‘add more moisture’ to the shoes – which already look significantly cleaner.

The leather of the vintage shoes, from 1985, is scuffed, cracked and tinted orange with age

Mr Manalo begins to spray the shoes with antimicrobial dish soap and scrubs down the leather as he begins the restoration

He said: ‘This is going to look a little crazy that I’m doing this, that I’m submerging these shoes in water, but trust me.

‘I did it for my pair when I got them from eBay – the collar was crunchy and the leather was stiff as a bone.’

Mr Manalo pushes the shoes underneath the cleaner while massaging the shoes so they become more flexible.


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He said: ‘So now that the shoes have been deep cleaned we’re going to remove the stains that are still on there on the tongue.

‘Now with proper use, Clorox is beneficial and will help you whiten certain materials on the shoes. Not all materials, but certain materials.’

The restorer then dips a toothbrush in the bleach and rubs it on the tongue of the shoes as they begin to glow a much brighter white. 

During the intricate restoration, Mr Manalo even replaces the Air Jordan’s logo on the shoes using a stencil and an air brush

The restoration also includes removing the Nike tick, or ‘swoosh’, and replacing it with another

He then uses Retr0bright – a chemical mixture which contains hydrogen peroxide – and rubs it onto the rim of the shoes’ soles.

Mr Manalo then covers the midsole with electrical tape before swabbing the top of the leather with acetone.

The characteristic tick shape, or ‘swoosh’, on the shoes is then carefully removed.

He then sandpapers the leather before beginning to repaint the tattered shoes.

The shoes are then left looking as good as new after the painstakingly intricate restoration

During the intricate restoration, Mr Manalo even replaces the Air Jordan’s logo on the shoes using a stencil and an air brush.  

He even removes the ‘swoosh’ from another new pair of shoes and glues it onto the vintage Jordans – leaving the shoes looking near-brand new.

The video, which has been viewed more than 617,000 times, is one of many restorations Mr Manalo has uploaded to his channel.

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Westlife reveal youthful good looks ahead of 20th anniversary comeback tour and first single in eight years

The Irish boyband confirmed they were reuniting in October last year, and are gearing up to head back out on the road to the delight of their fans.

The four-piece – consisting of Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne and Mark Feehily – are also about to release their comeback single, Hello My Love, and were pictured in London today ready to promote it.

The track is the band's first single in eight years, with their last charting track being Lighthouse in 2011.

Arriving at Magic Radio, the men looked just as handsome as they did when they first found fame in 1999 with debut single, Swear It Again.

Lead singer Shane, 39, opted for jeans, pale blue shirt and dark blue jacket, while Nicky, 40, wore black slim fit jeans and a fitted grey denim jacket.



Meanwhile Kian, 38, went for a statement black and white check shirt over a black T-shirt and jeans, and Mark, 38, wore a black polo shirt with a smart grey jacket.

All four made sure their hair was perfectly coiffed, just like the early days – minus original member Brian McFadden.

Back in October, the boys were delighted to confirm their reunion, after originally disbanding in 2012 to embark on solo projects.

Shane said at the time: "We still have a lot that we want to achieve as a band and we want to bring our new music to fans all over the world".


Ed Sheeran has penned the group's comeback single, which is due to be released on Thursday.

Meanwhile their comeback tour will begin in May at Belfast's SSE Arena and end in July at Dublin's Croke Park.

They will also visit cities including Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and London.


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Piers Morgan fumes over Good Morning Britain blunder as voiceover announces wrong date

Viewers took to social media to share their confusion when the show launched with the voiceover artist stating that today is the 11th of December 2018 – although it was written correctly onscreen.

Piers, 53, and his co-hosts, Susanna Reid and Charlotte Hawkins, apologised for the mistake – with Piers ranting about the person responsible, who he claimed "has one job".

He told viewers: "We have to apologise for earlier announcing that it was the 11th of December 2018.

"As somebody pointed out, someone appears to be asleep in the gallery."

The show then replayed the blunder, with Piers continuing his rant.

He said: "It wasn't deliberate. Literally someone's asleep – but they won't be when we finish with them.

"11th of December 2018. Whoever that was had one job, one job; to press a button.

"And you either press a button for today or press one for December 11th last year – we need to find this miscreant, can we have an investigation?"

While Susanna and Charlotte appeared to have moved on, Piers wouldn't let it rest, adding: "We have to own our mistakes live on air so why should they be allowed to hide when they give the wrong date to the entire country?

"And it's actually last year, it's not even this year!

"We will have some stocks and get them in stocks by the end of the show."

Piers lightened up as he joked about who the person responsible is, laughing: "I am being told there's a bloke called Dominic who sits in a cupboard every day and reads the date every day.

"Dominic, in his cupboard, appears to be having a bad morning."

Fans were baffled when they tuned into the show earlier today only to be told that they had seemingly travelled back in time.

One confused viewer tweeted Piers asking: "I’m sure your #GMB voiceover opening at 6am said December 2018. Can you check or was I still half asleep?"

Another added: "Opening credits today: Tuesday 11 December 2018! Have we gone back in time?"

A third said: "#GMB got me very confused for a second when the announcer said today was Tuesday December 11th 2018! Not cool at 6am."


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Queen sends ‘prayers and good wishes’ to people of Lockerbie

Queen sends ‘prayers and good wishes’ to people of Lockerbie as they remember the air disaster that befell their Scottish town 30 years ago today

  • Memorial services to be held in Scotland and USA on tragedy’s 30th anniversary 
  • 270 people were killed when a passenger plane exploded over Lockerbie
  • Message of prayer and good wishes from the Queen to be read out to mourners

Her Majesty the Queen, seen here at Norfolk train station on her way to Sandringham for Christmas, has sent a message of good wishes to the people of Lockerbie

The Queen will send her ‘prayers and good wishes’ to the people of Lockerbie today as they gather to remember those killed 30 years ago.

Wreaths will be laid in the town where the wreckage of the bombed Pan Am Flight 103 came down on the night of December 21, 1988.

Eleven people died in Lockerbie, along with the 259 passengers and crew on board the New York-bound plane which had set off from Heathrow.

The majority of those on the flight were American citizens, including 35 students of Syracuse University in New York State.

Dignitaries including Scottish Secretary David Mundell and Solicitor General Alison Di Rollo will attend the service at the Dumfriesshire town’s Dryfesdale Cemetery.

The Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, Fiona Armstrong, will deliver a message from the Monarch during the memorial.

It will say; ‘Please convey my warm thanks to the people of Dumfriesshire for their kind message, sent on the occasion of their Remembrance Service to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing, which is being held today.

Wreaths will be laid in Lockerbie to mark 30 years since the devastating crash of Pan Am Flight 103 with the loss of 270 lives

Fresh flowers with messages to the victims have already been laid in the memorial garden

‘I send my prayers and good wishes to all those who will be marking this solemn anniversary.’

Mr Mundell said it had taken only a few seconds for Lockerbie to go from a small, quiet town to the centre of global attention.

Speaking ahead of the service, the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale said: ‘It has not been easy, nor have we been able to achieve the closure we would have wanted, even after 30 years.

‘However, throughout, the people in Lockerbie have retained their dignity and stoicism, and offered friendship and support to those who lost loved ones.

‘The relationship that has developed between Lockerbie Academy and Syracuse University is one of the few positives to come from that night, along with all the other personal relationships that have been forged.

Scottish Secretary David Mundell  (pictured) said:  ‘Throughout, the people in Lockerbie have retained their dignity and stoicism, and offered friendship and support to those who lost loved ones’

‘Strengthening and deepening those relationships must be our priority as we look to the future.’

Speaking at Holyrood yesterday, Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘An almost unimaginable tragedy brought out incredible reserves of solidarity, compassion and love.

‘The bereaved showed immense dignity and resilience.

‘People in Lockerbie and the surrounding area opened their hearts to those who had lost loved ones.’

The Lord Advocate, James Wolffe, QC, will also attend the service. Mr Wolffe said: ‘Long after the terrible events that unfolded at Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, the devastating consequences are still being felt by families here in Scotland, in the United States of America, and around the world.’

He pledged: ‘Scotland’s prosecution service will continue to pursue the investigation into this terrible crime.’

The parish priest at the time of Lockerbie air disaster has called for ‘the whole truth’ to be known over the tragedy.

Canon Pat Keegans will tell a memorial mass at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church: ‘You are not just a distant memory. You are not from the past. You are precious people who live on in our hearts, for that is where your names are truly engraved.

‘Some say that you have received justice. I am not at all convinced. What I can promise is that we will not close the book on the story of your lives, for the last chapter is still to be written.

The majority of those on board the jet were American citizens, including 35 students of Syracuse University in New York State.

A memorial will be held at the university, and around 500 people are expected to gather at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia where a cairn made from Lockerbie stone stands in memory of those who died.

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