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Pride in London marks 20 years since Admiral Duncan bombing

Pride in London marks 20 years since Admiral Duncan bombing

People gathered at Admiral Duncan following the Pulse attack in Orlando in 2016.

Pride in London marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic bombing at gay pub Admiral Duncan pub in Soho with a community-led Act of Remembrance.

The event will take place tomorrow (30 April).  It will start at 5pm outside the historic venue in Old Compton Street in central London.

On the same day in 1999, a nail bomb attack at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho killed three people and wounded 79. Four of the survivors had to have limbs amputated.

Neo-Nazi Dave Copeland was responsible for two other attacks in South and East London.

The attack in Soho followed two other nail bombings in Brixton on 17 April and Brick Lane on 24 April as part of an anti-LGBTI, racist terror campaign.

Pride in London remembers the victims of Admiral Duncan pub

Pride in London is teaming up with anti-hate charity 17-24-30 NationalHCAW (National Hate Crime Awareness Week) to remember the victims of Copeland.

The event will start outside the pub and then move round to St Anne’s Gardens on Wardour Street.

The latter part will feature speeches from LGBTI advocates and allies. Rev Simon Buckley, St Anne’s Church; Mark Healey, Founder 17-24-30 NationalHCAW and Cllr Ian Adams, Westminster Council will all give speeches.

Trudy Howson, LGBTI Poet Laureate, will read three poems. Moreover, Terry Morely, Nick Moore’s aunt, and Natalie Patterson, Andrea Dykes’ sister, will talk.

Andrea Dykes was four months pregnant when she got killed in the attack together with her friends Nick Moore and John Light. The attack also left her husband Julian seriously injured. Dykes and her friends had gathered at Admiral Duncan to celebrate her pregnancy.

There will also be performances by the London Gay Men’s Chorus, the Pink Singers and Diversity Choir.

If you wish to join the event, you can register here.

See also 

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