The Daily Telegraph

London defies horror in echo of 2005

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Londoners came together in Trafalgar Square for a show of solidarity and defiance that brought echoes of the capital’s response to the 2005 bombings. Standing on the steps of the National Gallery, faith leaders joined Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, Craig Mackey, the acting Met Commission­er, and Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, amid a respectful hush from the crowd.

As people travelled through London to get to work yesterday morning, they were met with inspiratio­nal messages in several Tube stations.

At Tower Hill, the Quote of the Day board read: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of them all.” At Tottenham Court Road station, a sign read: “Side by side we stand together.” On a board at Oval were the words: “You have to be at your strongest when you’re feeling at your weakest. Our condolence­s, our city, our diversity, our strength.”

On a sombre morning for the capital, many people shared an image of the Undergroun­d symbol with the words “We are not afraid” across it.

The hashtags “#WeAre Not Afraid” and “#London Is Open” also spread across social media, as Londoners refused to let Wednesday’s events stop them from going about their usual business. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon tweeted: “London is going to work this morning.”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “Parliament is returning to normal today, City Hall is returning to normal today, tourists are returning to London today, businesses are returning to normal today. Just the thing that the terrorists hate.”

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