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Friday, July 07, 2006

Faiths honour victims of 7/7 bomb

Date Released: 07/07/06
News Source: BBC News

Lancashire's faith communities united in a peace vigil at Blackburn Cathedral to commemorate the first anniversary of 7 July London bombings.

Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist representatives paid tribute to the bombing victims.

The 15-minute vigil included two minutes of silence, an act of remembrance, and ended with handshakes as a sign of peace and friendship.

The county's different faith groups created the service together.

The vigil recalled "all who lost their lives as a result of the inhumanity of their neighbours a year ago today, as we recall so many atrocities in conflicts across human history".

The act of remembrance honoured members of the emergency services who risked their lives to save others, civilians who helped the injured "and all who continue to work in this and every community to overcome misunderstanding and to promote peace and friendship".

Across the North West the two minutes of silence for the 52 dead was observed in places including the Trafford Centre shopping complex in Greater Manchester, Liverpool Town Hall and Bolton Town Hall.

Two people from the region perished in the London bombings.

They were: David Foulkes, 22, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, who had just started work in media sales with the Guardian Newspaper, and Marie Hartley, 34, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, who was in London on a course.


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