The 12th Anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attack on Brixton takes place this evening, with a small gathering in Windrush Square at 6pm. Organisers of today’s act of remembrance are meeting at the site where the bomb exploded at 5.45pm, lighting three candles to represent the three communities that were attacked and then walking to join the gathering in the square. There will be a short peaceful vigil, with a two-minute silence at 6.15pm.
Yesterday organisers of the event were out in Brixton Market, talking to local shops and stall holders. Mark Healey said “It is important that we work with the local community and ensure that they are aware of what we are doing. There are people who survived the bombing attack who still live and work in the area. Whilst they have moved on with their lives the anniversaries can bring back painful memories – which is why we are holding the main gathering in Windrush Square.”
Mark said “It was good to see that a lot of the window stickers we put up last year were still being displayed. I wish we had the funds to do this again this year as it was a good way to get the local businesses involved and raise awareness of the Safer Lambeth initiatives, and local partnerships with the police and other groups. We want to encourage local people to report local hate crime incidents and show their ongoing support to those attacked.”
There is a plaque on the Iceland Store which commemorates the victims of the Brixton Bomb, but it is now rusty and tarnished and often hidden by the shop cages that are left outside the store. It was hoped that we would get funding this year to organise a school project involving young people from local schools to create a community memorial mural but unfortunately after the funding cuts this year this idea has been put on hold. Perhaps in the meantime the existing plaque could be cleaned up and moved up higher on the wall.
For more details check out Brixton Remembers.
Link to last year’s event page Brixton Remembers 17-24-30.