A FORMER councillor was stunned to receive a parking ticket while attending a memorial service for the victims of the M62 IRA coach bomb blast.
Derrick Yates, of Gomersal, helps organise the annual gathering at Hartshead Moor service station where the injured were taken after the explosion in February 1974. But just days after attending this year’s service he was shocked to receive a parking ticket saying he had outstayed the two hour limit by 42 minutes.
Derrick, who represented the Liversedge and Gomersal ward for the Tories until the last local elections, said: “I was disgusted. It was obvious that something special was being held at the service station and the company responsible should have taken that into account and been more understanding.
“My wife was working in the X-ray department at Batley Hospital where the injured were treated at the time of the bomb blast. I took her down to the hospital when we heard about the explosion and got roped in as a porter to help the victims, so we’ve always felt a close connection with what happened.
“Four years ago the plaque at the service station was replaced with a proper memorial and every year we have a service and I organise for the Mayor of Kirklees to attend, get the chaplain and help with the PA system. It all takes time and that is why I was over the two hour limit.”
Derrick appealed against the fine and on Wednesday he was delighted to learn that under the circumstances the company had agreed to waive the charge.