06 December 2005

Town pays tribute to missing Lisa with a minute's silence

Belfast Telegraph

By Debra Douglas
06 December 2005

The Co Down village where Lisa Dorrian lived held a minute's silence for her as the Christmas lights were switched on last night.

A lone piper played a rendition of Amazing Grace as local residents who had gathered in the green at Conlig to see the lights switched on fell silent for one minute to remember the missing 25-year-old who disappeared ten months ago.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph today, her sister Joanne said it was an emotional night.

"The Mayor asked everyone to take a minute to remember us and everything we are going through at this time of year. It was hard for us and very emotional, but we also took great comfort from everyone's support," she said.

"It is really nice of people to take the time to remember Lisa and afterwards, a couple of people came up to mum and threw their arms around her, saying they didn't know us but that they are thinking of us all and that they hope we find some peace.

"We had no idea of what was planned until the piper called at our door to ask for permission and it was a really nice thing for the council to do for us and Lisa."

Joanne said the prospect of a Christmas without her sister was unbearable.

"It is getting more and more scary by the day. We are going to have to try and get through Christmas without her which just doesn't bear thinking about," she added.

Lisa, a 25-year-old shop worker, disappeared on February 28 after a party at a caravan park in Ballyhalbert on the Ards peninsula. Despite extensive air, land and sea searches, her body has not been recovered.

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