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LOCKERBIE MAKING UP MISSED YULE

Pan Am, whose Flight 103 was bombed over Lockerbie on Dec. 21, is throwing a party to make up for the Christmas cheer the town missed because of the disaster, an organizer said.

Community spokesman Alex McElroy said Thursday the idea came from New Jersey schoolboy Ed Blaus, of Sicklerville, who will be attending the American-style barbecue June 3 with his parents and three brothers.Others expected at the party are Disney characters Mickey and Minnie Mouse, folk and rock bands, a football coach and a bagpipe player.

"Ed's Party," as the event is being called, will be held on Lockerbie's soccer ground and 6,500 people from the southern Scottish town and surrounding district are invited, McElroy said.

The disaster killed all 259 people on the New York-bound jet and 11 people on the ground in Lockerbie. Investigators have determined a terrorist bomb was to blame.

"Ed's idea was to provide some form of event to provide for the lack of a Christmas time in Lockerbie," McElroy said. "The community of Lockerbie will be happy to met Ed and are looking forward to the day."