10 Years on we look back!

As London awoke on the 7th July 2005, no one had any idea as to what catastrophe lay ahead. On a normal summer day, the people of London where getting ready for their normal commute to work. 

On that morning, four male Islamists separately detonated three bombs in quick succession aboard London Underground trains across the city and, later, a fourth on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square. Fifty-two civilians were killed and over 700 more were injured in the attacks, the United Kingdom's worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie bombing as well as the country's first ever suicide attack.

The 52 victims were of diverse backgrounds; among them were several foreign-born British nationals, foreign exchange students, parents, and one British couple of 14 years. All but one were London residents. Because of train delays before the attacks and subsequent transport problems caused by them, several victims died aboard trains and buses they would not normally have taken. Their ages ranged from 20 to 60 years old.

 "Britain would not be cowed by terrorism" - Prime Minster, David Cameron

Today, 10 years after that tragic day a minute's silence was observed as survivors of the attacks and relatives of the victims gathered for a ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral. After the silence, petals fell from the dome and the Bishop of London spoke of the "ocean of pain" caused by the bombings.

But Paul Dadge, who was photographed helping a survivor in the aftermath of the attack at Edgware Road station, said the terrorists would never win. "They won't beat us because there is no point at which we will simply surrender to terrorism," he said. "That's not the spirit we saw on 7 July. That's not the spirit we've ever seen. That's not the spirit we will ever see."

Prime Minister David Cameron said the day of the attacks was "one of those days where everybody remembers exactly where they were when they heard the news" but he said "Britain would not be cowed by terrorism".

He and London mayor Boris Johnson were among those who laid wreaths in a silent memorial at Hyde Park at 08:50 BST - the time of the first bombings.

In a note on his wreath Mr Johnson wrote: "Ten years may have passed, but London's memory is undimmed. We honour again today the victims of 7/7. You will live for ever in the hearts of the people of this city."

This is a day that changed the very fiber of our nation, showed exactly not only how the world has changed but also, how Britain, when attacked, is a nation that stands together in the face of adversity. 

Posted by James on July 7th 2015

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