The second of three acts of remembrance took place in Brick Lane on Sunday 24th April to mark the 12th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.
The act of remembrance started with a small gathering of people by the Red Post box, opposite Brick Lane Police station. This was close to the site where the bomb had exploded twelve years ago injuring 13 people in the area, mostly diners in the Sweet & Spicy restaurant located nearby.
Mark, Sarah and Glyn took turns to light the three candles, symbolising the three communities that were attacked. Then some cards with contact details for the 17-24-30 No to Hate Crime Campaign were given out to bystanders before the group walked down to Altab Ali Park to hold a small vigil. At 6.15pm there was a minute’s silence followed by a few words by Mark the organiser of the event.
Mark thanked people for coming, stating how important it is to organise these events as they enable people to come together to remember the past, meet up with people who want to work together to try to prevent these situations happening again. “It is important that we continue to gather, not just to look back at what happened but to look forward at what we would like to see happen. I would like to see more people coming along to these acts of remembrance, people from different backgrounds, getting to know each other whilst thinking about what we can do to tackle hate crime together.”
After the gathering, some of the group went for a meal in the Sweet & Spicy restaurant.
The final act of remembrance this year is due to take place in St Anne’s Gardens (Soho) 6pm Saturday 30th April – the day after the Royal Wedding. It will mark the third and most lethal bomb attack that left many people injured and three people dead.
More details are available on the Soho Remember’s Facebook event page.