Candles will be lit at the spot outside Iceland, in Electric Avenue, where the bomb exploded 13 years ago today, before the ceremony will proceed to Windrush Square to commemorate the attack that left 50 people, including a 23-month-old child, injured.
The bomb, which exploded at 5.25pm, was one of three devices planted by David Copeland during a two-week campaign of terror targeting black, asian and gay communities in the capital.
Mark Healey, from the group 17-24-30, which organised today’s vigil, told the Blog: “This is an opportunity for people to remember what happened and to reconnect with each other. It gives old people the opportunity to connect with younger people.”
A plaque on the wall of Iceland marks the spot where the device, hidden in a suspicious holdall, exploded, blowing out shop windows and leaving stunned shoppers and traders with horrific injuries.
It was the first of the attacks. Copeland went on to target Brick Lane on 24 April, injuring 13 people, and the Admiral Duncan pub, Soho, on Friday 30 April, where three people died.