Memorial night for Horden massacre victims

Susan McGoldrick and  her sister Alison Turnbull
Susan McGoldrick and her sister Alison Turnbull

THREE women gunned down by a relative will be remembered during a memorial night next month.

It will be the first chance the family of Susan McGoldrick, 47, Alison Turnbull, 44, and Tanya Turnbull, 24 will have to get together and share memories of the women with friends since they were shot dead by Susan’s partner Michael Atherton, 42, in Horden on New Year’s Day 2012.

MEMORIAL:  Alison Turnbull with son Bobby

MEMORIAL: Alison Turnbull with son Bobby

Alison’s son Bobby Turnbull, 24, says family members have tried to arrange a memorial night before but it has been called off as feelings were too raw.

He said: “We have put it off a couple of times.

“It was supposed to be after March’s inquest, but the family didn’t feel like going through with it.

“It will be emotional, as people in the family will be giving speeches about the girls.”

Bobby, from Blackhall, said now it is time to relive the good memories of his mum, sister and aunt.

He wants their old classmates to attend.

Hartlepool Golf Club worker Bobby said Alison’s partner David Rowe is organising the night, held from 6pm on Saturday, October 26 at Horden Social Welfare Centre, in Seventh Street, with the venue decorated with balloons in the girls’ favourite colours.

There will be a raffle, music from local band Central Park, a comedian, and an auction with prizes including signed Sunderland and Hartlepool United shirts.

Money raised will go towards the homicide department of Victim Support.

Tickets are £5 from Bobby and other relatives, who can be contacted via Facebook.