Mayor plans #LondonUnited anniversary tribute to London Bridge attack
- #LondonUnited to be projected onto London Bridge
- City Hall’s book of hope temporarily moving to Southwark Cathedral for the weekend
- Plans follow consultation with families, survivors, the emergency services and local councils
The Mayor Sadiq Khan has today confirmed plans to mark the anniversary of last year’s London Bridge terror attack.
As part of the Mayor’s ongoing tribute to those affected by last year’s terror attacks at Westminster, London Bridge, Parsons Green and Finsbury Park Mosque, the hashtag #LondonUnited will be projected onto London Bridge to mark the anniversary on Sunday 3 June. A digital book of hope, usually located at City Hall, will be moved to Southwark Cathedral for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June for the public to sign.
Sadiq will attend a Service of Commemoration at Southwark Cathedral before joining bereaved families to plant a ‘Tree of Healing’ in the Cathedral grounds using compost made from flowers left on London Bridge after the attack. He will then join a procession from the Cathedral to Southwark Needle, the monument at the corner of London Bridge and Duke Street Hill, to observe a national minute’s silence and lay flowers.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “This weekend, we come together to honour the innocent victims of the London Bridge attack, who will forever remain in our hearts.
"A year on, it's no less difficult, no less painful. And we send our love and prayers to the victims' families and everyone who was injured.
“As well as remembering those we lost that night – from London and around the world - we pay tribute to the heroic efforts of our emergency services and transport colleagues, who bravely ran towards danger while directing others to safety.
“Our city faced some incredibly difficult times last year, with the terrorist attacks in Westminster, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green. I’m proud of the way we have responded: standing united in defiance and staying true to our values and way of life.
"As we approach this sad anniversary, not only do we remember the victims, but we recommit to honouring them through our actions and standing united against terrorism and in hope for the future."
After consultation with 14 families bereaved following last year’s four terrorist attacks, as well as survivors, the emergency services and local councils, the Mayor of London announced #LondonUnited in March to provide a focal point for Londoners at City Hall and bring the city together in an act of solidarity.
A 3D installation of #LondonUnited is located at City Hall as a place where the public can come to pay their respects. The public can sign a digital book of hope, and interact with the installation by sending messages of strength, hope and resilience using #LondonUnited on social media, which projected onto a map of London that #LondonUnited stands on.
City Hall’s #LondonUnited memorial opened to the public on the anniversary of the first attack in Westminster on 22 March and will remain open until the anniversary of the Finsbury Park attack on 19 June. Later in the year “London United” exhibitions will be organised to highlight London’s resilience and hope, shine a light on the city’s heroes and the bravery of our emergency services, and demonstrate how Londoners unite together at times of adversity.
The plans were agreed following consultation with the families who have lost loved ones, survivors, the Met police and emergency services, and the local authorities in the areas affected.
Many families, friends and communities have their own private arrangements in place to reflect and remember their lost loved ones, and it is important that these plans are respected. The plans at City Hall are intended to complement, without intruding on, the individual private commemorative activities of bereaved families.
The Mayor’s Office are also reminding Londoners that if they were affected in any way by a terrorist attack last year, emotional and practical support is available for them. Sometimes it’s not easy to recognise when you might need some help but different kinds of support are available, including peer support networks, advice on talking to children, and practical assistance. It’s never too late to seek advice. Support can be found by visiting: victimsofterrorism.campaign.gov.uk or calling 0808 168 9111.
Notes to editors
Notes to editors
- The #LondonUnited projection on London Bridge will begin at 0000 on Sunday 3rd June and will be visible until dawn and then again from dusk until midnight.
- The book of hope will be in Southwark Cathedral on Saturday, 2nd June and Sunday 3rd June. Members of the public can sign in between 1-6pm on Saturday and 8am-12pm on Sunday. Attendees at Southwark Cathedral’s private service can sign the book between 2.30-5pm on Sunday.
- Families of the bereaved, and people closely involved in the attacks have been consulted with about the plans through police family liaison networks and through the Foundation for Peace Survivors Assistance Network.
- Anyone who was affected by the 2017 attacks and would like to feed in their thoughts on the memorial plans is invited to contact the Public Liaison Unit at the Greater London Authority on 020 7983 4100.
- The 3D #LondonUnited installation will be on the map area at City Hall. It will be open to the public from 8.30am-6pm Monday to Friday, except Bank Holidays, from Thursday 22 March until Tuesday 19 June.
- In order to respect the privacy of all those affected by the tragic events of June 3rd, the media will not be given access to the Cathedral, but photographs and limited film from the service will be made available to the media immediately after the service. Any media wishing to have a space reserved in the media pen on the bridge should contact [email protected] where your request will be logged and your needs discussed.
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