‘I had a nasty feeling…’: Dancing With The Stars decide Donnie Burns reveals how he CANCELLED flight tickets for doomed Lockerbie aircraft – as different stars reveal how additionally they dodged dying
- Dancing with the Stars decide Donnie Burns, from Scotland, and dance companion Gaynor Fairweather had been booked on the flight however cancelled their tickets.
- Johnny Rotten of the Intercourse Pistols missed the flight as a result of his spouse hadn’t packed
- Intercourse And The Metropolis’s Kim Cattrall skipped flight to purchase her mom a china teapot
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The Scottish decide on US present Dancing With The Stars has instructed how he cancelled his tickets for Pan Am Flight 103 days earlier than it exploded over Lockerbie after growing a ‘dangerous feeling’ concerning the journey.
Donnie Burns and dance companion Gaynor Fairweather had been booked on Clipper Maid of the Seas from London to New York, however cancelled their tickets.
Mr Burns, 59, who’s initially from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, stated: ‘I merely can not consider it is three a long time in the past. The recollections of Lockerbie and Pan Am Flight 103 are as vivid as in the event that they had been final week.’
The dancer stated he and Miss Fairweather deliberate to go to New York to work as dance lecturers however days earlier than the flight he modified his thoughts as he had a ‘dangerous feeling’ about it.
Dancing With The Stars decide Donnie Burns has instructed how he cancelled his tickets for Pan Am Flight 103 days earlier than it exploded over Lockerbie after growing a ‘dangerous feeling’ concerning the journey
Donnie Burns and his dance companion Gaynor Fairweather pictured at Buckingham Palace amassing their MBEs
Donnie and Gaynor had been as a consequence of take the doomed flight from London however cancelled on the final minute
Pan Am 103 was destroyed by a bomb shortly after it left Heathrow, killing all 259 individuals on board plus 11 individuals on the bottom in Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire.
Mr Burns added: ‘I used to be driving and a information flash comes on that an plane has crashed simply outdoors Lockerbie. At that time, I bear in mind feeling indifferent from my very own physique.’
The couple then drove up the A74 to go to Mr Burns’s mother and father and the journey took them previous the scene of the crash.
Different celebrities had been additionally as a consequence of take the doomed flight, however as a consequence of totally different causes did not take their seats.
For Intercourse Pistols frontman John Lydon – stage title Johnny Rotten – had tickets for the flight however his spouse had not packed her suitcase in time. The pair has a row however afterwards ‘checked out one another and virtually collapsed’
Johnny Rotten, The Intercourse Pistols’ frontman, did not board after a combat along with his spouse.
The punk legend, actual title John Lydon, stated: ‘We solely missed the flight as a result of Nora hadn’t packed in time. We had an enormous row after which took the following flight out.
‘The minute we realised what occurred, we simply checked out one another and virtually collapsed.’
Intercourse and the Metropolis star Kim Cattrall was additionally initially booked on the Pan Am flight, however modified her reservation on the final minute to buy groceries at Harrods. The choice saved her life.
She stated: ‘I made a decision to take one other flight as a result of I had uncared for to go to Harrods and purchase a teapot for my mom.’
And the 4 Tops, the quartet who helped outline the Motown sound, additionally missed the flight after a High of the Pops producer stopped them boarding.
Band member Duke Fakir stated: ‘We had two exhibits to do and we had been going to document them on the identical time.
‘Certainly one of them was not going out till New 12 months’s Eve and the producer did not need us to play them on the identical time. He would not have it.
‘So the producer on High of the Pops was the explanation we did not get on that aircraft. And I used to be glad – so, so glad – that we did not do it in a single session.’
The band left London afterward a British Airways flight.