London 7/7 memorial

Warrington Charity supports the commemoration of the 7th July 2005 (7/7) London bombings

July 6, 2016 | Nick Taylor

London bombings – A commemoration ceremony will take place in London on Thursday 7th July 2016 on the 11th anniversary of the attacks on the city. A minute’s silence will be observed in memory of those who lost their lives, those injured and those affected by the bombings.

The event is organised by the Warrington-based charity, the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace working in partnership with the Mayor of London’s Office and the families and survivors of the attacks.

It is being led by the Foundation’s ‘Survivors Assistance Network’ (SAN), which provides free practical and emotional support for victims of terrorism.

The ceremony will take place at the 7/7 memorial in Hyde Park on Thursday 7th July commencing at 12:00. Members of the public will join the families where, after a minute’s silence survivors will speak about their experiences. The names of all those who died in the bombings will be read aloud. A 70-strong Rock Choir will perform four songs at the event and the ceremony will close with the laying of flowers.

Located in the south-east corner of Hyde Park, the memorial is just north of Achilles to the east of Lover’s 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.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, together with other dignitaries and representatives of the emergency services, will pay their respects at a separate ceremony earlier in the day.

The Foundation is a specialist in helping victims and survivors of terrorism and political violence. The Survivors Assistance Network’ works with many people affected by the 2005 London bombings as well as people affected by incidents ranging from the 1970s up to and including recent attacks in Tunisia and Paris.

Speaking of the event, Terry O’Hara, SAN Project Manager at the Foundation, said: “It has never been more important to remember and pay respects to those who lost their lives and those whose lives were changed forever following the horrific events of 7th July 2005.

“The Foundation is privileged to support the families and survivors through the organisation of this event, as part of our work in supporting victims of terrorism and conflict through the Survivors Assistance Network.”