Borough Market reopens for first time since terror attack

·Freelance Writer

Borough Market has reopened for the first time since the terror attacks at London Bridge.

Traders opened for business this morning after a minute’s silence was held for the victims of the attack, that saw eight people killed.

A market bell was rung to signal the reopening of the bustling tourist hotspot, which was forced to close after it was targeted in the June 3 atrocity.

Sombre market visitors mark a minute’s silence at Borough Market on Wednesday. (Rex)
Sombre market visitors mark a minute’s silence at Borough Market on Wednesday. (Rex)
Traders are getting ready for the reopening of Borough Market (PA)
Traders are getting ready for the reopening of Borough Market (PA)

Eight people were killed when three attackers ploughed into pedestrians with a white van on London Bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby market with 12-inch ceramic knives.

Inquests into the deaths of Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, and Frenchmen Xavier Thomas, 45, and Alexandre Pigeard, 26, who were killed in the attack, will open at Southwark Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.

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Coroner Andrew Harris opened and adjourned the inquests for five other victims – Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39 – at the same court on Tuesday.

The one minute silence was held at 9.30am ahead of its official reopening at 10am.

Charity Victim Support said trained staff would be on hand to support anyone affected by the atrocity.

Back to normal: Traders were keen to get businesses back up and running. (PA)
Back to normal: Traders were keen to get businesses back up and running. (PA)
An increased police presence at the market marked the re-opening. (PA)
An increased police presence at the market marked the re-opening. (PA)

Opening hours will be extended over the coming weeks to help businesses affected by the attack, with the market welcoming shoppers on June 18 and June 25.

A trader support fund has also been set up to help those who have suffered financially due to the market’s closure.

Top pic: Rex

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