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Soho Remembers. 22 years on.

Today, the 30th April 2021 is the 22nd anniversary of the Admiral Duncan nail bomb attack which left three people dead and many more shocked and injured.


Over a three week period in April 1999, the Nazi nail bomber set out to stir up fear and hatred across London in the hope that it would lead to a race war and the election of the British National Party, luckily his plan failed but not before he had nail bombed the Black, Asian and Gay communities of Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.

Each year the anti-hate crime charity 17-24-30 National Hate Crime Awareness Week (1184819), founded by Mark Healey and Ryan Parkins, organised the April Acts of Remembrance to mark the anniversaries of these dreadful attacks. 


Mark said “I use to drink in the Admiral Duncan and know many of the people that were caught up in this attack. Not just friends who were inside the pub at the time but also some of the local LGBT police liaison officers who were amongst the first on the scene to rush in and start helping people. 


I believe we have a duty to remember what happened, to remember those lost and injured, and those who need our ongoing support. We must do everything we can to work together to prevent these attacks from happening again.
Today my thoughts are with all those affected by these awful attacks – with the friends and families of Nick Moore, John Light and Andrea Dykes. Remembering too David Morely (sinders) and Thomas Douglas, as well as the landlord Mark Taylor and his team of staff. It is an important day for us all to come together and stand in solidarity with each other”


The Soho Act of Remembrance will take place online at 6pm today. People need to register by 4pm so that we can send them a zoom link by 5pm.
Sign up link:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soho-act-of-remembrance-tickets-144190972079

More information:https://nationalhcaw.uk/april-acts-of-remembrance

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