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Second Anniversary of London Bridge attack commemorated

7 months, 2 weeks ago

The second anniversary of the London Bridge attack was commemorated at a special Choral Evensong in Southwark Cathedral on Monday 3 June in the presence of survivors of the attack, families of the victims, police officers, civic leaders and others who were affected by the events of that evening.

The Queen was represented at the service by her Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough of Southwark, Simon Duckworth; also present were the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; the Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Sandra Rhule; Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark and Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council.    

During the service the Mayor of London lit a Candle of Remembrance on the altar on behalf of the people of London and the Lessons were read by Amir Eden, Chair of Living Bankside, one of those caught up in the attack and PC Wayne Marques GM, of the British Transport Police, who was injured in the attack.

During his address, the Dean of Southwark, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, talked about the ongoing inquest into the attack and said, “we want to know the truth because the truth will set us free – eventually”.
The full address can be found on the Cathedral website here: http://bit.ly/2Z1RS4Q.  

At the end of the service the congregation processed out to the Tree of Healing, planted on the first anniversary of the attack, for an Act of Remembrance where the names of those who died were read out and silence was kept.

The final blessing was given jointly by The Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Revd Peter Smith. At the end of the service floral tributes were laid in front of the Tree of Healing by survivors and relatives of the victims and also by the Mayor of London, and representatives of other organisations including Southwark Council and the Police Service.

The Cathedral remained open all evening for prayer and silent reflection.  The day of Remembrance was brought to a close with a service of Compline at 9.58pm, finishing at 10.16pm, marking the times of the start and finish of the attack.

Bishop Christopher said that the Service was “all about the slow, hard painful road of healing. It comes by growing closer to each other and sharing what those depths of fear have been and where we are two years on”.

Images from the service can be found on Flickr at: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmE1PkgE