Borough Market to reopen on Wednesday with ringing of bell in memory of victims killed in London Bridge terror attack


Borough Market is to reopen on Wednesday with the ringing of a bell and a minute’s silence to remember the victims killed in the London Bridge terror attack.

Market traders, whose stalls have been shut since the atrocity on June 3, will pause for a minute of remembrance to pay tribute to the victims shortly before the market officially reopens in two days’ time.

Donald Hyslop, chair of trustees, said the opening would represent the beginning of the “healing process” for the Borough Market community.

Eight people were killed and dozens more injured after three attackers ploughed a van into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing people in and around bars outside popular Borough Market nightspots.

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Closed off: Borough Market where the attackers targeted on June 3. (AFP/Getty Images)

Borough Market has since been shut and described as a “ghost town” but shoppers are set to return on Wednesday at 10am.

Mr Hyslop said: “While the victims of last week’s terror attack will never be forgotten, and while the trauma experienced by this community will weigh heavily for a long time to come, it is essential for the well-being of everyone associated with Borough Market that we return to at least a semblance of normality as soon as we can.

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Well-wishers: Pedestrians stop to look at floral tributes. (AFP/Getty Images)

“On Wednesday the bell will ring, the stalls will open, customers will start to arrive and the healing process will begin.”

Opening hours are to be extended over the next two weeks, with the market welcoming shoppers on Sunday, June 18 and Sunday, June 25 to help businesses affected by the attack.

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Tributes: Hundreds of messages have been left at the site of the terror attack. (AFP/Getty Images)

A trader support fund has also been set up to help those who have suffered financially due to the market’s closure.

Mr Hyslop said that “every person” visiting the market would “be making a difference” and helping to put “a buzz back into the atmosphere”.

London Bridge and Borough Market terrorist attack

He said: “The past days have been difficult for the market community, but we have been overwhelmed by the love, support and goodwill that have been shown by customers and the general public alike.

“If people would like to offer support and help for our traders, we ask that they visit the market to buy food and drink not just on Wednesday, but in the weeks and months to come.

“We want everyone to celebrate the market’s return to its long-established place as a vibrant hub for the people of London and beyond.”

A minute’s silence for the eight people killed and dozens injured will be held at 9.30am on Wednesday before the market’s official reopening at 10am.

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, today made a surprise visit to King’s College Hospital to meet some of those injured.

Additional reporting by Press Association.

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