Only two weeks on from the tragic events of 3 June, the London
Bridge area is doing what it does best. Not just getting on with business, but
showing the rest of the UK how to do it. No one with an affinity to the area
will ever forget that night, nor the resolute reaction from the local
There have been so many outstanding responses from individuals,
organisations and businesses that it would be impossible to detail them all
here; suffice to say that the community around London Bridge, Borough and
Bankside has never been stronger and have had a bold yet compassionate approach
to the situations we have faced.
One thing has been clear throughout; people wanted to get back to
their normal routines as quickly as possible. This will be harder for some than
others, but Team London Bridge has this week returned to our usual role of
celebrating and promoting the area, and have resumed our events programme. Our London Bridge Open
Kitchen event goes ahead as planned 28 June.
There is still much work to be done to thank those who looked
after those there that night, and to make sure people affected have trained
people to talk to should they need it. Not to mention ensuring businesses
within the Policed cordon, some of whom were closed for 10 days or more, are
supported and don’t suffer long term damage.
Borough relief fund has been set up to help those individuals and businesses who have suffered
financial losses as a result of the temporary closure of the Borough Market
In addition, Saturday 1st
July will see some of the local pubs, bars and attractions hosting the We Love London Bridge Open Day. There
will be promotions and entertainment in all participating venues, and
discounted entrance to attractions such as The London Bridge Experience and The
Clink. They will be welcoming in emergency service and NHS staff who were
on duty in London Bridge that weekend and giving them a little thank you.
And it’s not always as simple as
returning to ‘business as usual’. Whether or not you were actually there on the
night of 3 June, the events that took place may have a residual affect that
weren’t immediately obvious. The Home
Office offers links
to a range of well-being and safety services and Southwark Council has a
webpage of useful contacts for people who might
want to talk to someone.
If you wish to help victims of the
terror attack directly, the British Red Cross has launched the UK Solidarity Fund to help
the victims of terror anywhere in the UK.
Southwark Council has been
instrumental in helping the community deal with the aftermath of 3 June and we
will be working with them and all our partners to see what lessons can be
learnt in dealing with such a major incident.
Chief Executive, Team London Bridge