On Sunday 24th April the 17th anniversary of the Brick Lane nail bomb took place outside the site of the Sweet and Spicy Restaurant. The restaurant has changed hands and now serves spicy chicken dishes – we had a nice chat with the wife of the new owner.
Five volunteers handed out over 400 London Hate Crime Reporting Cards and chatted to some of the locals including a man who said he lived nearby. It transpired that he was about nine years old when the bomb went off and he heard it as he was taking a shower.
Several of the restaurant owners came out and said hello. Some recounting their experiences of when the bomb exploded including one man who had parked his car next to the car that was carrying the bomb. He said he never drives his car to Brick Lane any more.
Afterwards we went for a curry. Photo’s by Brigitte Boldy