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One minute’s silence over the Thames

September 11 has been observed in SE1 today as a time of remembrance for the American dead.

A pleasure launch on the Thames turned off its engine to slowly glide with the tide under the Millennium Bridge during the one minute silence at 1.46.pm. Others waited in Southwark Cathedral to keep the silence marking the time that the first aircraft hit the New York tower last year.

Today many had stayed on after the lunchtime Requiem Mass which saw the cathedral packed to the last back seats at the west end. Many people were in black suits and some remembered colleagues who had been fellow workers and friends.

The celebrant was the Dean who read out a message of support sent on behalf of Muslims living in the Southwark Diocese. The Epistle was read by Joan MacIver, a former President of the Harvard Club.

Tonight Lawrence Freedman, Professor of War Studies at King's College, will give a short lecture in the Cathedral. The talk begins at 6.30pm and admission is free.

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