Ceremony at Edgware dedicated to victims' families

Last updated at 11:51 07 July 2006

Families who lost relatives in the bomb attack at Edgware Road station were praised today on the first anniversary of the attack.

Station manager Steve Goszka said he had mixed emotions about the events 12 months ago but dedicated today's anniversary to those who had lost loved ones.

Mr Goszka, who took up his post running the busy central London Tube station just four days before the attack, said: "Today is very emotional for the staff, particularly for those here today who were on duty on July 7.

"They are a strong team, they've been through a lot in the last year and I spent a lot of time liaising with the families who lost relatives and I feel that I've got to know a lot of them.

"Today is for them more than anything."

The station manager organised a floral tribute for the families of irises and carnations. The large bouquet was joined by others also marking the anniversary of the attacks.

The message from station staff attached to the bouquet said: "In loving memory of all those who lost their lives here last year. From all the staff at Edgware Road."

It was at 8.50am on July 7 last year that a bomb carried by Mohammad Sidique Khan tore through a Circle Line train as it left the station and entered a tunnel.

Life continues as normal

Six people were killed and many more injured. At the same moment exactly a year later, life continued as normal at the station. Trains stood alongside the platforms waiting for a green signal while others pulled in and commuters streamed up the stairs.

The only difference from a year ago was the heavy police presence outside the station, along its platforms and travelling on the trains.


But the station manager said some relatives who lost family members, and also survivors of the attack, were allowed on to the platform to reflect.

Marc Surtees, 45, a senior project manager with a housing association, emerged from the station just after 8.50.

He said: "I just happened to catch a train and as I got off I realised it was 8.50.

"It's a bit sad. There are people on the platform looking down the tunnel and crying and you can feel the emotion, it's really heavy.

"I would have been on that train last year but I had a meeting, and I always sit in the same carriage, which is the carriage that blew up.

"After the attacks, we helped people in the reception of our offices, which are very close to the station, and then when it became too crowded, removing people to the Marks & Spencers store next door.

"It's just a very sad day."

Paul Dadge, 29, who featured in a striking image taken in the aftermath of the Edgware Road attack returned to the station today.

The IT consultant was photographed leading a woman, Davinia Turrell, to safety as she held a protective mask to her face.

Mr Dadge was raising money for the London air ambulance service and was collecting funds from members of the public.

He said: "Today is a very sad day. I'm here to remember the people who died on July 7.

"It is also a day to mark those people who lost loved ones and the survivors."

Mr Dadge, of Cannock, Staffs, came across the incident at Edgware Road as he tried to make his way to work, and began helping survivors.


He helped set up a makeshift medical centre at a Marks & Spencer store and was leading the injured woman to safety following a bomb scare at the shop when the picture was taken.

He said: "The photograph is not so much about me and Davinia, it represents what people went through on July 7."

Relatives who lost loved ones began arriving at Edgware Road station ahead of the two-minute silence and a ceremony to unveil a plaque featuring the names of those who died at the station.

They carried floral tributes, from single yellow roses to large bouquets of flowers, and held hands or hugged each other as they walked into the building.

Susannah Pall, 25, a City broker who was on the Circle line train which had a number of carriages destroyed in the blast, said she returned to the scene as part of the healing process.

Ms Pall, who has not travelled on the Underground since the bombings, said: "I've been building up to this day. I was going to stay away but decided to come.

"You've got to do these things. Until I do it, I can't move on - it's all part of the catharsis process."

Another survivor also visited the station and said today was the first time he has talked about the events on July 7.

The man, who did not want to be named, said he was a company director and added: "I was here, but I don't remember much about it.

"I think I was on the train but I don't know how I got off the train, it's a total blank.

"I feel very emotional today. I didn't think it would affect me so much but I feel kind of shaky.

"I remember hospital staff running down the road with beds from the A&E department. Doctors and nurses were running down the street towards the station, it was just incredible."

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