People attend a memorial service and vigil at Birmingham Cathedral to mark 40 years since the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Memorial marked the moment the first of the bombs went off in 1974

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The destroyed interior of the Mulberry Bush pub in November 1974 after an IRA bomb exploded. Photograph: Press Association

Hundreds gather to remember those killed and injured in pub blasts 40 years ago

Firemen at one of the Birmingham blast sites in 1974. Photograph: Press Association

What exactly happened in that infamous sequence of events 40 years ago?

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Firemen survey the damage outside the Tavern in the Town pub in Birmingham, after an IRA bomb blast. The firemen quickly counted the injured, deciding they needed 40 ambulances for the tavern alone. But there were no ambulances.  Photograph: Wesley/Keystone/Getty Images

IRA pub bombings in 1974 killed 21 people and injured over 180 others

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Alex Salmond and first minister-in-waiting Nicola Sturgeon after he stepped down from office yesterday. Photograph: PA

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