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Friday, 25 October, 2002, 19:04 GMT 20:04 UK
Mourners pay tribute at Bali service
The Queen accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, right
Members of the Royal Family took part in the procession
Australians have been left with broken hearts but not broken spirits by the Bali bombing, a remembrance service in St Paul's Cathedral been told.

Michael L'Estrange, the Australian High Commissioner, told the congregation including the Queen that for Australians the last 13 days have been a "dark night of the soul".

The majority of the 2,000 mourners were Australians and friends and relations of the 32 Britons who died in the blast on the Indonesian island on 12 October.


That violence has also utterly changed the world of us they left behind

Michael L'Estrange

Thousands of Australians living and working in the UK listened to the service outside in the rain.

The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales formed part of a procession in the cathedral five minutes before the hour-long service.

They heard Mr L'Estrange say: "We have mourned for so many of our own who were lost, and for others who shared their faith.

"They were people from different lands and background.

"They were families on holiday; they were sporting teams on end-of-season tours; they were people of all ages with many of them enjoying the promise of their youth; they were community-minded people; and they were open-hearted men and women who loved life and lived it to the full."

Wreaths

About 180 people died in the terrorist attack on a crowded nightclub on the holiday island, and the majority were Australian.

But most of the bodies have yet to be brought home and 20 Britons are still unaccounted for.

Man draped in Australian flag arrives at St Pauls Cathedral
The service attracted many young people

Three wreaths were laid by Patricia Hewitt, Trade and Industry Secretary, who was born in Australia and who represented the British government, the Indonesian Embassy's charges d'affaires, Nicholas Dammen, and Mr L'Estrange.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, gave an address which focused on the strong ties between the UK and Australia.

He condemned the attacks, saying: "Terrorism attacks the roots of all that civilised people hold dear."

Lives 'rocked'

He added that the civilised world "will seek to bring to justice all who carry out such despicable deeds".

The course of events on 12 October had left Australians "broken-hearted - but it has not broken our spirit," said Mr L'Estrange.

Australian pop star Jason Donovan was one of the mourners.

Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen was quick to pass on her sympathy after the tragedy

He said his "small nation" would feel the loss like 11 September in America.

"But we've got a fighting spirit and the country will keep moving forward," he said.

He added he would also be remembering the "giving and beautiful" people of Bali whose lives had been "rocked" by the attack.


We've got a fighting spirit and the country will keep moving forward

Jason Donovan

The event was organised by the Australian High Commission to pay tribute to all those killed or missing in the attack.

The UK Government on Thursday said it would freeze all assets held by an Islamic group suspected of involvement in the bomb.

Jemaah Islamiah (JI) is also to be added to a list of banned terrorist groups in the UK.

The US has already frozen JI assets after listing it as a terrorist group.

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