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7/7 10th anniversary: London remembers the 52 victims of the attacks

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 July 2015

A police officer laying flowers near the scene of the bus explosion in Tavistock Square. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA

A police officer laying flowers near the scene of the bus explosion in Tavistock Square. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA

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A minute’s silence will be held today to remember the 52 people killed in the 7/7 bombings a decade ago.

Lee Baisden, 34, from Hornchurch, died in the Aldgate explosion on 7/7Lee Baisden, 34, from Hornchurch, died in the Aldgate explosion on 7/7

Buses will stop and announcements on the Tube network will be halted for the duration of the silence, which will take place at 11.30am.

A memorial service will take place this morning at St Paul’s Cathedral, with survivors, relatives of those killed and members of the emergency services invited.

A second service will take place at the Hyde Park memorial this afternoon, with the Duke of Cambridge due to attend.

Commuters are also asked to get off their train, Tube or bus one stop early and walk the rest of their journey.

Gladys Wundowa, 50, died in the Tavistock Square bus explosion on 7/7Gladys Wundowa, 50, died in the Tavistock Square bus explosion on 7/7

The tribute was inspired by scenes of thousands walking home together across London on the afternoon of July 7 2005, as the transport network was shut down following the attack.

Within three minutes of 8.50am, three bombs were detonated at Aldgate, Edgware Road and between King’s Cross and Russell Square stations.

A fourth was detonated on board the number 30 bus at Tavistock Square at 9.47am.

Hundreds were injured in the UK’s worst terrorist incident since the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Giles Hart, 55, from Hornchurch, died in the Tavistock Square bus explosion on 7/7Giles Hart, 55, from Hornchurch, died in the Tavistock Square bus explosion on 7/7

Among those killed were Gladys Wundowa, Lee Baisden and Giles Hart.

Gladys was on board the number 30 bus, having left her Chadwell Heath home early that morning to work as a cleaner at University College London.

The 50-year-old was one of 13 people to be killed in the explosion.

Giles, 55, also died in the bus attack.

The number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square which was blown up by a suicide bomber on 7/7. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/PAThe number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square which was blown up by a suicide bomber on 7/7. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/PA

The 55-year-old’s death was not confirmed until July 15 – an agonising week-long wait for his family.

Lee Baisden, 34, a finance officer for the London Fire Brigade, was killed in the explosion between Liverpool Street and Aldgate.

The Hornchurch man had been on his way to work at the time.


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