Saturday 30th April and volunteers from 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign arrived in St Anne’s Gardens to set up for the annual act of remembrance #AAR to mark the 17th anniversary of the nail bomb attack on the Admiral Duncan.
This is the third of three annual acts of remembrance to remember those killed and injured during the three nail bombs targeted at the Black, Asian and Gay communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.
Thanks to Glyn, Matt and Martine who helped look after the equipment in the garden while Mark liaised with people (including survivors, friends, family and representatives of the local authorities) at the Admiral Duncan.
Mark and Rev Simon Buckley walked round to St Anne’s Church with Inspector Ian Wilson and Westminster’s LGBT Police Liaison Officer Tatjana (both representing Westminster’s Metropolitan Police Service) to greet Cllr Paul Church (representing the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Westminster Council and the people of Westminster). We paused for a photo before walking round to the Admiral Duncan to meet those gathering at the bar.
At 6.10 pm survivors, family, friends and guests lined up on the road, ready for the walk round to St Anne’s Gardens.
The annual act of remembrance took place in the far corner of the gardens, around the triangular bench (the bench represents unity between the three communities that were attacked – Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho). Flowers and candles were placed at the bases of the three cherry trees which represent the three people killed; Andrea Dykes, John Light and Nik Moore.
Rev Simon Buckley starts the service, Mark says a few words, followed by a poem by the Moore family.
- Welcome and Blessing by Rev Simon Buckley 2016
- Mark’s speech Soho Remembers 17-24-30 2016
- Poem by Moore family to be added
The service ends with two songs sung by the Diversity Choir. El Melech Yosheiv – a beautiful traditional Jewish piece and Sure on this Shining Night by Samuel Barber.
Afterwards 17-24-30 packs up the equipment and joins those who have returned to the Admiral Duncan for an evening of entertainment with Mary Mac, Son Ofa Tutu and Tanya Hides. Thanks to Oliver and his staff at the Admiral Duncan for looking after everyone.
A collection raised £131.88 whilst the annual spring fundraising appeal has raised over £320.00 this year.
Photos by Brigitte Boldly