Published: 22 March 2022
A series of events have been held in Westminster marking the fifth anniversary of the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack where tragically five people lost their lives and 50 people were injured.
A service was held at St Margaret’s Church at Westminster Abbey this morning for anyone who suffered a loss or was affected in any way by the attack and in the months that followed. The service included readings by bereaved relatives and responders.
Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, Andrea Cristea, Keith Palmer lost their lives in the attack.
The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Andrew Smith, addressed those in attendance, he said:
“We’re five years on from the terror attack on Westminster Bridge, and even in that short time the world has changed considerably.
“But the shock of the violence and the senselessness of those actions remain. Today through the act of remembrance, we take upon ourselves a duty to work towards a better future.
“We attempt to translate that pain and shock into something worthy of those who lost their lives. For, Andreea, Aysha, Leslie, Keith and Kurt.”
The congregation laid single white flowers as they left the service which were collected and taken to the dedicated floral tribute site in Parliament Square.
The Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Rachael Robathan, attended the service, along with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Home Secretary, Priti Patel, and the Metropolitan Police Crime Commissioner, Cressida Dick.
Following the Church service, a ceremony was held at a newly installed plaque on Westminster Bridge which pays tribute to those affected.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, gave a speech alongside the Archdeacon of London, Ven. Luke Miller, and the Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally.
The plaque reads:
"In memory of those who lost their lives in the act of terrorism on Westminster Bridge and New Palace Yard on 22 March 2017. Kurt Cochran, Leslie Rhodes, Aysha Frade, Andrea Cristea, Keith Palmer. This plaque is also laid in recognition of the injury and loss caused to the many other people affected, their bravery, humanity and resilience continues to inspire us."