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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

London remembers

please remember the victims and forget politics for a day.

The Queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair will join relatives of victims and survivors at a memorial service on Tuesday to honour those killed in July's London suicide bombings.

Four Britons killed themselves and 52 others when they detonated bombs on three underground trains and a double decker bus during rush hour in the capital on July 7.

Most of the dead were British but the among them were nationals from Ireland, the United States, Mauritania, Italy, Nigeria, Grenada, Poland, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, France, Ghana and Bangladesh.

The service, at London's St Paul's Cathedral, will be led by the cathedral's dean John Moses, while the spiritual head of the Anglican Church, Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, will deliver the sermon.

The 2,300-strong congregation will mainly be made up of the victims' relatives, some of the hundreds who were injured, and representatives from emergency services who were called to the scenes of the attacks.

Government members and the leaders of the two main opposition parties Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy, will also attend, while London mayor Ken Livingstone will deliver a reading. Despite media speculation, relatives of the bombers have not been invited.

"We come to this cathedral to remember before God those who died and those who were injured in the attacks on London on the seventh of July," the dean will tell the congregation.

"We give thanks for their lives and we hold them in our prayers, and with them we remember the victims of terrorism all over the world."

The queen will be met at the cathedral by victims' families and will receive a posy of flowers from 7-year-old Ruby Grey, whose father Richard was killed in one of the blasts.

However, her 11-year-old brother, Adam, has boycotted the ceremony, because he holds Blair responsible for the attacks.

"He is very angry with the bombers but he also blames the (Iraq) war and he blames the government," his mother Louise told the London Evening Standard newspaper. "He doesn't want to be part of anything that has Tony Blair there."
Nice one Louise, an eleven year old really thought that out on his own didn't he. Charming. Making political statements through your children at a memorial service, how quaint.

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