Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mixed Emotions as Tributes Paid to 52

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mixed Emotions as Tributes Paid to 52

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Byline: By Chloe Griffiths

The nation fell silent yesterday to remember the victims of the July 7 London bombings, one year after the suicide attacks that killed 52 innocent people.

Survivors, bereaved relatives and emergency workers at the blast sites were joined by millions in offices, shops, factories and homes across the country to observe a two minute silence.

The moment of national remembrance and reflection followed solemn memorial ceremonies at the scenes of each of the bombings to mark their first anniversary.

Over the course of the day, thousands of floral tributes were placed by well-wishers and commuters at the blast sites and at a giant 40ft floral mosaic of purple carnations in Regent's Park.

But as people paid their respects, there was a chilling warning from Britain's most senior police officer, who said it was "almost inevitable" that terrorists would get through and attack Britain again.

For those caught up in last year's explosions, the day held mixed emotions.

At the blast sites, relatives and survivors tearfully hugged one another as they laid floral tributes.

The focal point of the memorial events was the two minute silence which began with the chimes of Big Ben and ended with the bell of St Paul's Cathedral.

Prime Minister Tony Blair observed the silence at the London Fire Brigade's headquarters on Albert Embankment in Lambeth. The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were at the Order of the Thistle service at St Giles' Cathedral in Edinburgh.

Home Secretary John Reid joined Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair and his most senior officers outside New Scotland Yard.

The Prime Minister said: "Today is a day of remembrance across London and the United Kingdom. It is a chance for the whole nation to come together to offer comfort and support to those who lost loved ones or were injured on that terrible day. …

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