Bomb victim's son

THE 11-year-old son of a Suffolk man killed in the London bombings is refusing to attend a memorial service for victims because he blames Prime Minister Tony Blair for making the capital a terror target.

THE 11-year-old son of a Suffolk man killed in the London bombings is refusing to attend a memorial service for victims because he blames Prime Minister Tony Blair for making the capital a terror target.

Richard Gray, of Irlam Road, Ipswich, was one of seven people who died in the Aldgate blast when a suicide bomber detonated explosives on a Circle Line train near Liverpool Street.

The 41-year-old was on his way to work as a tax manager in Pall Mall when terrorists attacked three tube trains almost simultaneously on the morning of July 7.

His wife Louise and seven-year old daughter Ruby will join others who lost loved ones during the attacks in London today when the capital holds a national memorial for the victims of the bombings.

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However Mr Gray's 11-year-old son Adam is refusing to attend the ceremony because he blames Mr Blair for making London a target for terrorists.

Mrs Gray told London's Evening Standard: “He is very angry with the bombers but he also blames the war and he blames the Government. He doesn't want to be part of anything that has Tony Blair there.”

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A spokeswoman for the Department of Culture, which is organising the ceremony, said the youngster also did not want to travel to London.

“It's difficult for him to go to London. It is for many of the children. Adam is staying at home and Ruby will be the person giving the posy to the Queen,” she said.

The Queen, Tony Blair and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will join a 2,300-strong congregation made up of families of the dead, survivors and members of the emergency services who fought to save lives in the aftermath of the blasts.

More than 50 people were killed and hundreds injured when four suicide bombers targeted London's transport network during the morning rush hour on July 7.

In the service at St Paul's Cathedral, four candles - one for each of the bomb sites - Aldgate, Edgware Road, King's Cross and Tavistock Square - will be lit in a poignant Act of Remembrance.

The service will be conducted by the Dean of St Paul's, the very Reverend Dr John Moses.

Others due at the service include the Duke of Edinburgh, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, Chancellor Gordon Brown, Home Secretary Jack Straw, Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell, Work and Pensions Secretary David Blunkett, opposition leader Michael Howard and Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.

The service will be broadcast live on huge screens in Trafalgar Square where members of the public are being encouraged to gather to pay their respects.

Meanwhile Suffok's leading cleric the Rt Rev Richard Lewis, Bishop of the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese, has used the day to stress the importance of communities working together against terrorists.

Mr Lewis told the EADT: “In Suffolk, the county council moved very quickly to call a press conference so that representatives of different groups within the community could publicly pledge solidarity together in the face of any further terrorist threats.

“This has been mirrored in other parts of the UK and has gone a long way towards combating one of the terrorists' main objectives of causing social breakdown. Conversations have continued and there is something of a new determination to work more closely together for the future.

“Today we shall look back to a tragic day in July, but we will look forward in the sure and certain knowledge that true peace will ultimately come through acting justly and will never be achieved simply by the use of force.”

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