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Commemoration service for London Bridge attack

9 months, 2 weeks ago

Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; Sir Kenneth Olisa, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London; Cllr Catherine Rose, the Mayor of Southwark; the Prime Minister the Rt Hon. Theresa May; the Leader of the Opposition the Rt Hon. Jeremy Corbyn; The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid; Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; families and friends of those who died, survivors and first responders were amongst those who attended a Service of Commemoration in Southwark Cathedral to mark the first anniversary of the attack on London Bridge.    

The Dean welcomed the congregation and said: “As we remember those who lost their lives we give thanks for the bravery, vigilance and dedication of the emergency services and for the recovery and healing that we have received in minds and bodies, for the building of relationships and communities and for the strengthening of friends and support.” In the service Sadiq Khan read from Psalm 77, Dame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse of the Great St Thomas’ Trust, read from Luke Chapter 10 and there were readings from Testimony – a memory project about the attacks. Eight candles were lit by families and friends of those who died and local young people as an act of remembrance.  

During his address the Bishop said, “Even during the eight minutes of terror the seeds of hope were being sown by those who came to the aid of the injured and stood their ground.  We must never forget those who died, but we can look forward in hope as our community continues to rally together.”

The service ended with the Bishop and the Dean leading the dignitaries and representatives of the bereaved into the churchyard where the Bishop dedicated a Tree of Healing. After leading a statement of commitment and giving the final blessing, the Bishop, with the Dean, led a procession from the Cathedral to the Southwark Needle at the foot of London Bridge for the National Minute of Silence and the laying of floral tributes.

Images from the service can be found at:  https://flic.kr/s/aHsmkSt5nL