The 20th anniversary of the three London Nail Bomb attacks on Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho attracted a lot of media coverage this year.
We were contacted by a number of journalists;
- Sarah Lee BBC Website
- Nicola Slawson Huffington Post
- Samantha Booth – West End Extra
- Alex Price – The One Show
- Ismar Badzic – Rogan Productions
- Raphael Sheridan – BBC News
- James Clayton – Newsnight
- Steve Myall – Mirror
- Martha Langan – ITV News
- Jason Rosam – BBC Radio
Thanks to David Parke Head of PR for Pride in London and his team who helped draft and distribute a press release – this really helped us reach the LGBT media with articles appearing across social media; Attitude, Boyz Magazine, Gaydio, Gay Star News, Gay Times, Gay UK News, QX Magazine amongst others.
17-24-30 has a small team of volunteers who have been working behind the scenes to organise these events including . William Fox Head of Internal Communications (Volunteer) Pride in London helped us recruit a team of people to assist us stewarding the Soho Act of Remembrance.
We have liaised with local authorities across the three boroughs; Lambeth Council, Tower Hamlets Council and Westminster City Council. The Metropolitan Police Service. The London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service.
Trudy Howson the LGBT Poet Laureate wrote a poem “17-24-30” to mark the 20th anniversary of the London Nail Bomb attacks and joined us at all three acts of remembrance to read the new poem. In Soho Terry Morely (Nik’s aunt) read a poem she had written on behalf of the family.
Survivors stories – After the Bomb
What happened when a nail bomb exploded in the Soho pub and what has happened since? Interviews with survivors Gary Fellows and Gary Aldridge.
Twenty years on from the London nail bomb attacks, the programme hears testimonies from people who were there and from those who lost loved ones. Emily Maitlis is joined by a panel to look at whether enough has been done to counter the threat from far right extremism.
NOTE: Programme is on iplayer until 11 pm 15th May.
The London Gay Men’s Chorus appeared on the One Show on the 29/04/2019, the night before the 20th anniversary of the Admiral Duncan nail bombing. Interviews with Andy Wapling (St John’s Ambulance). Carolyn Worlledge (Nik Moore’s sister) and Mark Healey (17-24-30 NationalHCAW). Piece starts at 23:10.
NOTE: Programme is on iplayer for a limited time period.
Brixton Act of Remembrance
Cheryl Lewis (Lambeth Disability Hate Crime Partnership), Cllr Donatus Anyanwu (Lambeth Council) and Louise Holden (Inclusion London) outside the Iceland Store, Brixton, holding the three lanterns representing the three communities attacked and the three people who died in the Soho bombing.
The gathering in Brixton was attended by approximately 15-20 people.
Brick Lane Act of Remembrance
Mark Healey (founder of 17-24-30 NationalHCAW), Ansar Ahmed Ullah (Altab Ali Foundation), Embad Talukder (Survivor Brick Lane nail bombing), Terry Morely (Nik Moore’s aunt) and Mayor of Tower Hamlets Cllr John Biggs.
The gathering in Brixton was attended by approximately 30-40 people, including the Borough Command Unit Commander Susan Williams, local councillors, Rev Alan Green (Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum), members of the Tower Hamlets No Place For Hate Forum, representatives from the Altab Ali Foundation, Real and Victim Support.
Soho Act of Remembrance
Mark Healey (founder of 17-24-30 NationalHCAW), Cressida Dick (Met Police Commander), Rev Simon Buckley (St Anne’s Church), Cllr Ian Adams (Westminster Council), Baroness Williams (Home Officer), Speaker Cllr Ayas Miah (Tower Hamlets Council), Sophie Linden (Deputy Mayor Policing and Crime), representatives from the Met Police, London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and Mac (17-24-30 volunteer).
This year the Soho Act of Remembrance was attended by 800-1000 people.