THE widow of the highest ranking soldier killed by the IRA has welcomed the historic handshake between the Queen and Martin McGuinness.
Anne Blair was a 36-year-old mother of two young children when her husband, Lieutenant Colonel David Blair, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion The Queen's Own Highlanders, was killed by an IRA bomb.
Lt Col Blair was one of 18 soldiers murdered at Warrenpoint on the evening of August 27, 1979, just hours after the Queen's cousin, Lord Mountbatten, was killed. The attack was the British Army's worst single peacetime loss since the Second World War.
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