New 7/7 MEMORIAL
The new memorial honouring the victims of the 7/7 July London Bombings was officially unveiled and dedicated on the morning of Wednesday 12th September in front of an audience which included the families and friends of the deceased, members of the emergency services and civilians who came to the aid of passengers on the No.30 bus and the Mayor of London.
After an introduction and welcome from the Chair of the Trust, Philip Nelson, guests heard from the Chair of the BMA and Dr Peter Holden who played such an important and profound role on that morning and Grahame Russell the father of Philip on behalf of the families.
The reading of the names, was followed by a one minute silence and then the official dedication of the memorial by our Patron, Henrietta, Duchess of Bedford.
"It is hoped the memorial will be a focal point for the survivors, the families and also London's finest, our emergency services, who did what they had to do on that day," Philip Nelson, Chair of the 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust said. "Above all it will send a powerful message that 7/7, and those who lost their lives, will never be forgotten."
Azuma Wundowa, who's mother Gladys was killed in the blast, called the memorial "bittersweet". Ms Wundowa saif: "It's lovely to have something with her name on engraved that will always be here, but you never expect to see the name of someone you love engraved in a memorial. You never forget. My life is in a different place and there's a new level of grief for the fact that ther're not here for certain life events."
In the press
7/7 victim's family back plans for Tavistock Square memorial: Evening Standard, 19 March 2013