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Proposals for 7/7 bus bomb memorial in Tavistock Square filed at Town Hall

Organisers look to hit fund-raising target of £130,000

14 September, 2017 — By Roxane Simons

How the memorial will look

PLANS for a permanent memorial honouring victims of the 7/7 bus bombing have been filed at the Town Hall after years of fundraising.

A cast iron plaque with the names of the men and women who were killed would be laid in Tavistock Square, if approved by the council’s planning department.

Philip Nelson, chairman of the 7/7 Tavistock Square Memorial Trust, said: “If you look at the square now there isn’t anything to commemorate the darkest event in the square’s 200-year history. People have liked the design because it is simple. From that location in the square you can see straight onto where the attack took place so it is quite simplistic in the message it portrays.”

Thirteen passengers were killed when a device was detonated on a No 30 bus on July 7 2005, one of a number of co-ordinated explosions triggered by suicide bombers in the London that day.

“We’ve been working on this since 2012,” said Mr Nelson. “We needed to connect with the families affected by the attack, we were already in touch with two of them but we needed to get their consent to go ahead.”

He added: “I also work to support the community and families affected by other terrorist attacks and over the past year we have, unfortunately, had the attacks in London Bridge and Manchester, so I hope that this plaque design might also be a platform for memorials in those other sites as well.”

The square already houses, a sculpture of Gandhi and a bust of Virginia Woolf. Organisers of the proposed 7/7 memorial said it was be appropriate for “planned visit” and “everyday passers-by”. It has been intended as a tribute to those who died, survivors and emergency staff who were at the scene. Mr Nelson said he hoped work installing it could begin next month if council officials give the proposals the green light.

The Trust has so far raised £105,000 of the £130,000 goal to pay for the memorial.

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