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Friday, July 15, 2005

Trafalgar Square Vigil

Pictures from the day

Geoff and Neil and thousands of other people went along to the vigil in Trafalgar Square yesterday. It was an absolutely sweltering day for London and yet the whole square was reverently quiet for such a hot day.

Hundreds of people queued to sign several books of condolences that were in tents around the square.

The picture below gives you an idea of just how many people were there:

Trafalgar Square vigil for London Bombings

We were behind a "We are not afraid" Union Flag, which seems to be the slogan which sums up how everyone felt:

We are not afraid on Union Flag

Author, Ben Okri opened the speeches with to be honest a rather confusing, long and unmemorable poem (disappointing for me, as I'm normally quite a fan). Then Ken Livingstone came on and gave one of his typically stirring speeches with the unity of London as the key theme - "Those who came here to kill last Thursday had many goals, but one was that we should turn on each other, like animals trapped in a cage, and they failed, totally and utterly." Other speakers included Seb Coe, Tony Blair wasn't there so we had to make do with the next best thing - the Prime Minister from Little Britain, actor Anthony Head (non Brits will know him from Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and newsreader Trevor McDonald.

I'd be interested to see what other people thought of the vigil. For me it was great to show support and the first time in ages that I'd actually attended a mass gathering like that.

Police Appeal for help

I'm noticing a lot more appeals from the Police to the general public for anything that can help with the investigations. There was a full page ad in today's Metro and as I was coming back from the vigil I noticed the following poster at Tottenham Court Road station.

Police Appeal poster

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