Third Anniversary Of The London '7 July' Bombings
Department for Culture, Media And Sport (UK)
Plans to mark the third anniversary of the London bombings
The third anniversary of the 7 July bombings in London will be marked by a public act of remembrance and opportunities for private reflection, Tessa Jowell, the Government Minister responsible for humanitarian assistance, announced today.
Ms Jowell, the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy CBE, London Underground Managing Director, Tim O'Toole CBE and Network Rail's Chief Executive Iain Coucher will formally mark the occasion by laying flowers at Kings Cross station at the time the bombs exploded in 2005, claiming 52 lives and injuring hundreds more.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Transport for London will facilitate visits to the stations involved and to Tavistock Square during the day, for those families and survivors who wish to visit. They will also organise a private gathering for those families and survivors who wish to come together to reflect and remember.
Ms Jowell said:
"People have shown great courage in the progress they have made in moving forward with their lives since the atrocities of 3 years ago. This formal act of remembrance at Kings Cross will give bereaved families, survivors and the country the chance to remember and pay their respects to the 52 innocent lives lost and demonstrate our support, ensuring that those lost will never be forgotten."
Notes to editors
1. 52 innocent people died in the London Bombings on 7 July 2005.
2. Tessa Jowell is responsible for ensuring that the needs of British victims of major emergencies, and those of their families, are understood and properly considered within Government.
3. The memorial to commemorate the 52 people who lost their lives in the 7 July London bombings will be situated in Hyde Park, and will hopefully be completed in time for the fourth anniversary.
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