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7/7: Harlow remembers Anne Moffat

Politics / Tue 7th Jul 2015 at 09:10am

7:7A service to remember the victims of the 7/7 bombings in London on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will take place in St Paul’s Cathedral today (Tuesday).

Fifty-two people, including Anne Moffat from Old Harlow, died when four suicide bombers detonated explosive devices aboard three London Underground trains and a London bus in a co-ordinated attack during the morning rush hour.

Hundreds of other people were injured.

Ms Moffat, 48, was head of marketing and communications for Girlguiding UK. She was travelling to work in Victoria when she was one of seven people who were killed when the first bomb exploded on board a train between Liverpool Street and Aldgate stations.

It is believed she was standing in the middle of the carriage between both sets of doors, close to the bomber, when the bomb went off.

Within the space of a minute, two other bombs had exploded on trains. An hour later the fourth bomb was detonated on the top deck of a bus.

In a statement read out during the inquests held in October 2010, Ms Moffat’s brother Chris described his sister, who was born on Christmas Day, as “a Christmas gift to all who knew her”.

“You never really appreciate the light emitted by a candle in a darkened room until the candle is extinguished,” he said. “This sums up Anne as she shed so much light on so many other people’s lives.”

She enjoyed gardening and reading.

“Everyone who ever knew Anne respected her qualities of honestly and integrity,” said Mr Moffat. “She would always put others ahead of herself, showing her caring and giving nature.”

The inquest heard that Ms Moffat had studied art in Hull before moving to London, but she returned to the family home in Old Harlow in 1996 to look after her ailing mother.

After it was confirmed that Ms Moffat was one of the victims, Girlguiding UK expressed its “deepest sadness” at her death.

“Anne had worked for Girlguiding UK for over 20 years and had touched many people’s lives,” said a statement. “A truly special person who was talented, warm and gracious, she will be truly missed.”

Tomorrow’s service will be attended by the Duke of York. It will include a national minute’s silence which will be observed across the capital’s public transport network. Prime Minister David Cameron, London Mayor Boris Johnson and representatives of the emergency services will also be present.

Before the start of the service, wreaths will be laid at the permanent memorial to all the victims in Hyde Park.

A second service, to be attended by the Duke of Cambridge, will take place later at the 7/7 memorial which has 52 stainless steel pillars to represent each of the victims. The service will features music, a series of readings and the laying of flowers.

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