Minute’s silence to remember 7/7 a decade on

The number 30 double-decker bus in Tavistock Square which was blown up by a suicide bomber on 7/7. P

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

Among those killed was Gladys Wundowa, who 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 mother-of-two was one of 13 people to be killed in the explosion.

Former Barking Abbey pupil Shahara Islam, 20, was also on board the bus.

Lee Baisden, who lived in Barking, was killed at Aldgate.

The 34-year-old was on his way to work as a finance officer for the London Fire Brigade.

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