Suffolk joins nation in remembrance

TODAY the survivors and families of the victims of July remembered those whose lives were changed forever.A year on from the devastating suicide attacks on London, events were held today to mark the anniversary of the bombings.

TODAY the survivors and families of the victims of July remembered those whose lives were changed forever.

A year on from the devastating suicide attacks on London, events were held today to mark the anniversary of the bombings.

Thousand of people throughout Suffolk joined the nation in commemorating the anniversary of the London bombings that claimed the lives of 52 people and injured more than 700 others.

Among the commemorative events taking place was a national two-minute silence and the opening of a special floral tribute at Regent's Park in London.


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Among those taking time out to remember the victims was Sgt Bob Munn, the officer in charge of British Transport Police at Ipswich railway station who was the first person to reach any of the bomb sites.

Sgt Munn, who was acting inspector at Stratford station at the time, said: “It's a very sad day and you feel for the families and the injured.

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“However there were positive aspects to come out of July 7 such as the response of the public and the emergency services who had to deal with what happened.

“The team spirit everyone showed as they pulled together to help each other showed their spirit could not be broken.”

Mr Munn received a commendation from former Transport Secretary Alistair Darling following his work at the Aldgate bomb site.

As thousands gathered at each of the bomb sites to remember those who were killed, the families and friends of Ipswich men Richard Ellery and Richard Gray remembered them.

Mr Ellery worked for Jessops in Buttermarket, Ipswich. He was one of the eight people who died at Aldgate.

Mr Gray, 41, of Earlham Road, was on a Tube train heading towards Liverpool Street to his work as a tax manager, when suicide bomber, Shehzad Tanweer, detonated explosives on the Circle Line, killing seven people.

Dancer Bruce Lait, of Sproughton Road, Ipswich, and his partner Crystal Lait, of Claydon, were in the same carriage but escaped serious injury.

Shortly after the bombings Mr Lait said he felt lucky to be alive. But added: “The scarring is not the thing that bothers me - it's our memories and things we saw on that train that will be hard to get over.”

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