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04th Oct 2019

Former boxer Nigel Travis on surviving the Bishopsgate bombing

Wayne Farry

At the time it was the costliest terrorist attack in world history

On 24 April 1993 a bomb detonated by the Provisional Irish Republican Army ripped through Bishopsgate, a major thoroughfare in London’s financial district.

The bombing killed one person, a photographer, and injured 44 people. The number of casualties for an area so usually busy was reduced due to a telegraph warning an hour before, and the fact that it took place on a Saturday.

One person in the vicinity at the time of the explosion was boxer and firefighter Nigel Travis, who was working in a pub in the area at the time.

Travers, who also does a bit of acting on the side – most notably as Erasmus in hit show Peaky Blinders – was training in London at the time of the attack, while working behind the bar in a pub in the area.

Speaking to Chris Lloyd and Carl Frampton on TKO, Travis discussed the bombing and how it felt to experience.

“We went outside the pub and the City of London, the square mile, was just like a war zone. Glass, it was raining down, and maybe it’s an exaggeration but it seemed like for over an hour it was still raining glass, because of how it expanded. It was mental,” said Travis.

“(I was) aghast and shocked and had no idea. Obviously then it came out with the media, what had happened. But, I wasn’t scared at all. It wasn’t something I was worried about. Just retrospectively, afterwards, when I look back I think ‘Wow, that was a bit close.'”