London’s Borough Market reopens for the first time since the terror attack

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London’s Borough Market reopened on Wednesday for the first time since three terrorists attacked the area on June 3.

The Market opened with a traditional bell ringing, and a packed crowd of traders and punters observed a minute’s silence in memory of the victims at 10 a.m. BST (5 a.m. ET).

The artisan food market, which has been trading for hundreds of years, is a popular spot for both tourists and Londoners, but was targeted in the attack earlier this month by terrorists who rampaged around London Bridge and Borough Market, killing eight people and injuring 48.

It was forced to close to allow the police to carry out their investigations into the attack.

“The strength of this community has been sorely tested over the past 10 days, and it has shown itself to be rock solid,” said Donald Hyslop, chair of trustees at the Market, in a statement. Speaking earlier on Wednesday morning on the BBC’s Today Programme, he emphasised how resilient traders had been, and how important it is that punters return to the Market.

Over £81,000 has so far been raised to help support traders who had to close and suffered financially following the atrocity.