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Summerland inquest verdict: 'help us right this wrong'

Calls to overturn 'misadventure' verdict strengthen

A woman whose mum and best friend were killed in the Summerland fire says the verdict of 'death by misadventure' recorded at the inquest is 'distressing'.

The Justice For Summerland Campaign Group says it is to take legal action in an attempt to reopen the inquest into the deaths of the 50 people who died in the tragedy in 1973.

Human rights law firm Phoenix Law - which successfully overturned a similar case in Ireland recently - has accepted instructions to act for the families of the victims.

'Please help us right this wrong by allowing us a proper new inquest, because it is in your power.' - Jackie Hallam's plea to the Island's MHKs

Jackie Hallam explains how it feels to know her loved ones' deaths are considered to be as a result of 'misadventure':

Tina Brennen is a campaigner with the Justice For Summerland Campaign Group.

'Basically, it was a cover-up' - Tina Brennen.

She told Manx Radio that the involvement of Phoenix Law gives the victims' families hope:

The Attorney General has confirmed to Manx Radio that it's received a letter this week and is currently giving consideration to its contents.

A response will be delivered in due course.

A spokesperson from the Isle of Man Government says: "The Summerland fire leaves a lasting legacy on the Isle of Man’s recent history.

"Last year’s 50th anniversary was marked by services and events hosted by the Isle of Man Government and others which served to both remember the 50 people who died and acknowledge the enduring effects on survivors, the bereaved and those who responded to the tragedy on 2 August 1973.

"The Isle of Man Government continues to welcome engagement with survivors and victims’ families, some of whom travelled to the Island to be part of last year’s commemorations.

"Speaking in Tynwald ahead of the anniversary, the Chief Minister apologised to all those affected and directly addressed the Commission of Inquiry’s findings, including the inadequacies, failings and lapses which, had matters been addressed differently, may have prevented some loss of life.

"It would be inappropriate for the Isle of Man Government to comment on the recent call for the inquest to be reopened while the matter is under consideration by the Attorney General."

You can find more information on the announcement from the Justice For Summerland Campaign Group regarding Phoenix Law HERE.

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