On the 24th April the second of three nail bombs planted by David Copeland exploded on Brick Lane. We have set up this archive to record what has happened since.
24th April 2017 – 18th Anniversary of the Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2016 – 17th Anniversary of the Brick Lane Bomb
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
24th April 2015 – 16th Anniversary of the Brick Lane Bomb
- the hashtag for the 16th April Acts of Remembrance is #AAR16
24th April 2014 – 15th anniversary of the Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2013 – 14th Anniversary of the Brick Lane Bomb
Wednesday 24th April 2013 Plans for the day:
- 6pm meet at the Sweet and Spicy restaurant, Brick Lane.
- Light 3 candles representing the three communities attacked.
- Hand out information about 17-24-30 and talk to people.
- 6.30pm Hold a moments silence.
- 7pm ends – we will go for a meal at the Sweet and Spicy restaurant.
- We have invited members of Rainbow Hamlets to join us this year.
Please feel welcome to join the “Brick Lane Remembers 17-24-30” Facebook event that we have set up, or to contact us vial our e-mail address if you would like to be involved
24th April 2012 – 13th Anniversary of the Brick Lane Bomb
As planned we met outside the Spice of Life restaurant at 6pm, lit three candles and spent an hour talking to people passing by. After holding the moments silence we went for a meal in the Spice of Life restaurant – which is becoming an annual tradition.
24th April 2011 – 12th Anniversary of the Brick Lane Bomb
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.”
24th April 2010
24th April 2009 – 10th Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2008 – 9th Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2007 – 8th Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2006 – 7th Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2005 – 6th Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2004 – 5th Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2003 – 4th Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2002 – 3rd Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2001 – 2nd Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 2000 – 1st Anniversary of Brick Lane Bomb
24th April 1999 – the day Brick Lane was bombed
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