Ms Allen represents CI at commemoration

Mary Chandler-Allen represented the Cayman Islands Government at a Service of Commemoration for victims of the London bombings this week.

The Service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

It was an opportunity for the nation to formally mourn the 52 people who lost their lives on 7 July and to remember the almost 900 more who suffered injuries. Those invited to attend the Service included survivors of the blasts and families who had lost their loved ones.

Together with the Prime Minister and members of Cabinet, the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, representatives of the Police, the emergency services, transport workers and the medical profession, the 2,300-strong congregation watched children of different faiths light a candle of hope and four large candles were carried to the altar by relatives and emergency workers, bearing the name of the site of each explosion.

The Archbishop of Canterbury led the Service with the participation of Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish, Buddhist and Roman Catholic religious leaders.

Ms Chandler-Allen said that the service was extremely moving. She said that she had not previously been aware that of the 52 people who died, 36 were British citizens and the remaining 16 came from countries as far apart as Poland, New Zealand and Mauritania. People came from far and wide to be part of the Service and to seek solace in the presence of others who shared the same memories of a day which changed their lives for ever and which Londoners will never forget.

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