A year after the London bombings a nation remembers; the capital heard out Big Ben striking midday, and then fell silent everywhere for two minutes to remember the 52 dead and 700 injured of last July, blown up by four young British muslims.
There was silence too in Edinburgh’s St Giles cathederal, but also a choral rendition of the national athem for the visiting Queen. It was a day of rememberance begun by the laying of wreathes at King’s Cross station, where the deadly series of attacks began. London’s Mayor, ministers and officials were joined by members of the public in paying their respects.
Similar scenes unfolded at other places in the capital as the victims were honoured where they fell, in the order of events on that fateful day.
Edgeware road was followed by Russell Square and then Tavistock square, scene of the only bus bombing. The services also sought to underline how London’s “blitz spirit” had again shrugged off danger to function normally, and that terrorism could only fail faced with such unity.