13 years ago three nail bombs were detonated across London by a man called David Copeland. They were designed to stir up hatred in the Black, Asian and Gay communities and result in the election of the BNP. The bombs killed three people, including a pregnant woman, and injured one-hundred and twenty-nine others.
The organisation 17-24-30, named after the dates on which the three bombs were exploded, have organised their annual acts of remembrance. The last of the three is in Soho on April 30 and starts at the Admiral Duncan, where the last of the bombs was detonated in 1999.
This is what 17-24-30 has to say about the events this month.
“We gather during these acts of remembrance to remember those no longer with us and show our support to those who have been affected by these attacks. To demonstrate our commitment to work within our communities to ensure that those who seek to spread fear, resentment and hatred amongst us will always fail.”
This is the order of events for the evening:
- 6.00pm Friends and family will gather at the Admiral Duncan, Soho.
- 6.20pm Walk to St Anne’s Garden, Soho.
- 6.30pm Short service lead by Fr Ronald Swan,
- 6.37pm 2 Minute Silence.
- 6.39pm Diversity Choir.
- 6.44pm Readings by family / Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
- Gardens will remain open until 8pm so that people can pay their respects.