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First bombings memorial unveiled
A visitor reads the 7/7 memorial plaque
The memorial plaque features an inscription and quotes
The first permanent memorial to the victims of the 7 July bombs in London has been unveiled by a gardener starting his shift.

The plaque is on display in Victoria Embankment Gardens, where thousands laid flowers in a temporary memorial garden in the days after the attacks.

Westminster Council said the plaque was unveiled in a low-key way to make it a point of quiet reflection.

Fifty-two people were killed and 700 injured in the four attacks.

The plaque bears the inscription: "Under this tree people of all faiths and nationalities, united in grief, laid wreaths in memory of those killed on 7th July 2005, following the attacks on London's public transport system."

The London Memorial Garden was where residents and visitors could quietly contemplate the terrible tragedies and pay tribute to the dead and injured
Robert Davis
Westminster Council

It also shows two quotes, including one from the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone which says: "The city will endure - it is the future of our world."

The second is from Simon Milton, Westminster Council leader, reading: "For all Londoners in our great city."

Robert Davis of Westminster Council said: "The London Memorial Garden was a beautiful green spot where residents and visitors could quietly contemplate the terrible tragedies and pay tribute to the dead and injured.

"The plaque will be a permanent reminder of those times as part of the Embankment Gardens, which is one of the city's most tranquil spots."

The plaque went on display from 0730 BST when the gardens opened.

Books of condolence opened in the London Memorial Garden are to be archived.




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