Borough Market Opens for Business Again After a Minute's Silence to Remember the Victims

People at the George pub in Borough High Street, London // Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP

by Telegraph Reporters, The Telegraph, June 14, 2017

Borough Market paused for a minute's silence before traders re-open for business for the first time since the London Bridge terror attack.

A market bell rang out at 9.30am to signal the reopening of the bustling tourist hotspot, which was forced to close after it was targeted in the June 3 atrocity.

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Eight people were killed when three attackers ploughed into pedestrians with a white van on London Bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby market.

A minute's silence was held ahead of the official reopening at 10am.

Charity Victim Support said trained staff would be on hand to support anyone affected by the atrocity.

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

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

A restaurant caught up in the attacks has said it is "emerging from a tough time as a stronger family" as they prepare to go back to work a little over a week after the tragedy.

Staff at El Pastor were hailed as heroes for throwing objects at the terrorists as they burst in brandishing knives.

In a lengthy Instagram post, the restaurant's owners said: "We are proud to announce that El Pastor will reopen from tomorrow lunchtime.

"We are emerging from a tough time as a stronger family, a tighter Borough community and more committed than ever to serving those who value the pleasures of eating and drinking and coming together."

"The kindness and bravery shown by individuals and groups on the the night of 3rd June and afterwards has been awe-inspiring. Our thoughts remain with the victims and their families for the senseless loss of life," the post added.

"We hope to see you for tacos and mezcal at El Pastor and myriad other delights at our friends' places in Borough Market soon, as we all get back to business," it said.

The reopening of the market comes as inquests into the deaths of the eight victims of the attack are held at Southwark Coroner's Court over two days.

Victim Support provides free specialist support and practical help to anyone affected by a terrorist attack, at home and abroad, for as long as they need it.

If you have been affected by a terror attack, no matter where or when it took place, you can contact us on our 24/7 supportline 08 08 16 89 111.

 

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