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Families and survivors to gather at Hyde Park memorial to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the 7th July 2005 (7/7) London bombings

July 4, 2013 | Nick Taylor

A commemoration ceremony will take place on the 8th anniversary of the attacks on London this Sunday, 7th July and a minutes silence will be observed in memory of those who lost their lives, those injured and those affected by the bombings.
The ceremony, organised by The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and families and survivors of the attacks will take place at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park on Sunday 7th July commencing at 11:30. 

Located in the south east corner of Hyde Park, the memorial is just north of Achilles to the east of Lovers Walk. The memorial comprises 52 stainless steel pillars (stelae), collectively representing each of the 52 victims, grouped together in four inter-linking clusters reflecting the four locations of the incidents.

Members of the public are invited to join the families where, after a minute’s silence John Taylor, Thelma Stober, and Janne van Wulffte Palthe will speak about their experiences.   The names of all those who died in the bombings will be read aloud by Tim Coulson.  (see notes below for backgrounds).

The 150-strong Rock Choir will perform five songs at the event.  The ceremony will close with the laying of flowers.

Speaking of the event, Jo Dover from the Foundation said: “We need to remember and respect those who lost their lives and those whose lives have changed forever following the horrific events of that day.

“We are privileged to support the families and survivors to organise this event, as part of our wider work in supporting victims of terrorism and conflict.”

Event Location: 7thJuly 2005 Memorial, Hyde Park, London. Time: 11.30am to 1.00pm. 

Media enquiries:

Foundation for Peace: HQ Warrington Cheshire: Nick Taylor on 07846 426580 – London 6th and 7th July and during ceremony: Jo Dover on 07741 486730.  The Royal Parks Press Office 0300 061 2128 press@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk

A media area will be available.

For news permits, please contact hyde@royalparks.gsi.gov.uk or read the full conditions at http://www.royalparks.org.uk/press

The ceremony:

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, inaugurated by Colin and Wendy Parry following the death of their 12-year-old son Tim and 3-year-old Johnathan Ball after the IRA bombed Warrington in 1993. The Foundation supports people affected by political violence, conflict and acts of terror to help them to make positive contributions to peace in their own communities and beyond. www.foundation4peace.org

London florists Pulbrook & Gould have kindly supplied 250 single yellow gerbera flowers to be laid as part of the ceremony. www.pulbrookandgould.co.uk

The Rock Choir volunteered 150 members to perform at this event. Rock Choir has achieved a fantastic reputation in the UK for its sophisticated teaching techniques, unique style and the feel-good experience it gives its members.  It supports local communities and raises money for charities through performances and events. www.rockchoir.com

Speakers on the day:

John Taylor, father of Carrie Taylor from the Aldgate train

Thelma Stober, survivor from the Aldgate train

Janne van Wulffte-Palthe, survivor from the Edgware Road train

Tim Coulson, known as the ‘Angel of Edgware Road’

The memorial:

A permanent memorial to honour the victims of the 7 July 2005 London Bombings was unveiled in Hyde Park by Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, in a ceremony attended by senior political figures and the families of the 52 killed, on the fourth anniversary of the disaster, Tuesday 7 July 2009.

Constructed from solid-cast, long-lasting stainless steel, each stelae measures 3.5 metres high and is unique, with individual characteristic finishes brought about by the casting process.

Visitors can walk around and through the memorial, reading inscriptions marking the date, time and locations of the bombings placed on each of the stelae as they pass. A stainless steel plaque listing the names of the victims is sited on a grass bank at the far eastern end of the memorial.

The memorial was produced by a design team including architects Carmody Groarke and engineering team Arup, who worked in close consultation with representatives of the bereaved families and advisors from The Royal Parks and the DCMS, and was cast by Sheffield foundry Norton Cast Products.