Ipswich victim's family meet the royals

RELATIVES of the 52 victims of the London bombings today have a lasting memorial for their loved ones.

RELATIVES of the 52 victims of the London bombings today have a lasting memorial for their loved ones.

Among those remembered at a poignant ceremony in London's Hyde Park yesterday on the fourth anniversary of the bombings was Richard Gray, the 41-year-old tax manager from Ipswich who was one of the seven victims of the Aldgate attack.

Richard Ellery, 21, who had moved to Ipswich a few months before the attacks, was also killed while he was in London for a training course.

The victims' relatives came together to mark the anniversary by unveiling a special memorial to honour the dead. A plaque bearing the names of those killed was also erected at the site between the park's Lover's Walk and Park Lane.

Four suicide bombers detonated their rucksack devices in four different locations on the morning of July 7, 2005, which killed 52 people and injured hundreds of others, some seriously.

Bruce Lait from Ipswich was also caught up in the bombings and fortunately survived. Mr Lait and his dance partner Crystal Main arrived at Liverpool Street and were on the Circle Line when an explosion tore through the packed carriage. He has said that he does not like to dwell on the incidents of 7/7 and wishes to move on with his life.

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Several dignitaries were present at the unveiling, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Mr Gray's 11-year-old daughter Ruby handed a posy to the Duchess of Cornwall.

Her mother, Louise, 37, said: “This means a lot because there are so many different things happening in the world.

“This is a way of ensuring Richard is going to be remembered in a permanent place. This is more of a happy memory rather than a sad occasion for me.”

Richard Ellery had got a job at the Ipswich branch of Jessops and was on his way to a staff training day at Kensington on that fateful day. He was born and brought up in Southampton but had moved to Ipswich three months before the tragedy to live with friends.

The monument unveiled consists of 52 tall steel columns, which been grouped together in four clusters to represent the separate locations of the bombings; Tavistock Square, Edgware Road, King's Cross and Aldgate.

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