Communities across East Anglia join national act of remembrance

Community leaders on the steps of the Town Hall in Ipswich. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Community leaders on the steps of the Town Hall in Ipswich. Picture: PAUL GEATER - Credit: Archant

Communities and organisations across Suffolk and Essex have come together to hold a minute’s silence to remember the victims of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London.

In Ipswich civic leaders came together for the second time in just over 10 days to mark the event on the steps of the Town Hall.

Faith groups including Muslim leaders, Christian clergy and members of the Sikh community took part in the simple act of remembrance.

The numbers on the steps were even greater than was seen on May 25 when a similar event was held to mark the Manchester bombing.

The wet and windy weather did not put off those who were determined to take part – many people on the steps of the Town Hall expressed horror that they were back again so soon.

Ipswich mayor Sarah Barber led the short, simple, event. She said: “It is dreadful that we are all here again. It was a dreadful event.

“I was out with the Street Pastors on Saturday night and we could see the news coming up on screens as we went around the clubs in Ipswich. It made you think what would it be like if something happened here.”

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She felt this latest attack would hit home more to people in Ipswich because London is so familiar – and thousands of Suffolk people will know that part of the capital from regular visits there.

There were similar events at council offices and in businesses across the region and the rest of the country.

Flags were being flown at half-mast on public buildings throughout the day and leading politicians were marking the silence at special events.

Staff and visitors at the offices of Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils stopped for a minute – as they did at Tendring’s Clacton headquarters.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan marked the silence during a visit to the capital’s ambulance headquarters where he thanked staff who had braved the terror to help those injured in the atrocity.

England and New Zealand cricketers observed the silence at the start of their Champion’s Trophy match at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

And the silence was observed at major railway stations across the country where passengers took a minute to remember the impact of Saturday’s atrocity.