Abbey service in memory of bridge attack victims

'The shock of the violence and the senselessness of those actions remain'

Monday, 28th March — By Tom Foot

Lord Mayor of Westminster at St Margaret's Church-1

Mayor Andrew Smith and Salma Shah at Westminster Abbey

THE fifth anniversary of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack was marked with a service at Westminster Abbey.

The five people killed and 50 injured, along  with their relatives, were remembered in  St Margaret’s Church on Tuesday morning.

The congregation laid single white flowers as they left the service which were collected and taken to Parliament Square.

The service included readings by bereaved relatives and emergency responders.

Lord Mayor of Westminster Cllr Andrew Smith told the service: “We’re five years on from the terror attack on Westminster Bridge, and even in that short time the world has changed considerably. But the shock of the violence and the senselessness of those actions remain.

“Today through the act of remembrance, we take upon ourselves a duty to work towards a better future.
We attempt to translate that pain and shock into something worthy of those who lost their lives.”

Alongside his wife, Salma Shah, he laid a single white flower and wreaths were also laid by relatives and friends of those who lost their lives in the attack.

Council leader Rachel Robathan, the prime minister Boris Johnson, home secretary Priti Patel, and Met police Commissioner Cressida Dick also attended the church service.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan gave a speech alongside the Archdeacon of London, Luke Miller, and the Bishop of London Sarah Mullally.

A new plaque was set up on Westminster Bridge that reads: “In memory of those who lost their lives in the act of terrorism on Westminster Bridge and New Palace Yard on  22 March 2017. Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, Andrea Cristea, Keith Palmer.

“This plaque is also laid in recognition of the injury and loss caused to the many other people affected, their bravery, humanity and resilience continues to inspire us.”

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