An Oswaldtwistle mum has been remembered a decade on from her death in mainland Britain’s worst ever terrorist attack.
Mum-of-two Marie Hartley, 34, died when a bomb ripped through the number 30 bus on Tavistock Square in London on July 7, 2005.
Memorial services and acts of remembrance have taken place across the capital on Tuesday, including at tube stations, Tavistock Square and Hyde Park to remember the 52 people who lost their lives and the hundreds who were injured in the atrocity.
Reflecting on the attacks, Oswaldtwistle councillor Peter Britcliffe, who was leader of Hyndburn council at the time of the bombings, said it was a tragic day for the whole country.
He said: “It was also a tragic day for Oswaldtwistle, it really brought it home to people and how vulnerable we are to terrorism.
“We are just as vulnerable now - as we witnessed in Tunisia.”
Coun Britcliffe said he remembered the events of the day well.
He said: “It came up as there had been a problem at the tube and it just escalated.
“Tavistock Square is a part of London I know well, I stay at the Tavistock Hotel.
“Right next to it there is a peace garden, I often go and sit in it and reflect on the events that took place.”
Marie, of White Ash Lane, only boarded the bus after being evacuated from a Tube station following a series of explosions on the Underground system.
The studio manager at Hambledon Studios in Altham was visiting the capital to attend an exhibition with a friend and colleague.
She sent a text message to tell work friends she was safe, just minutes before she boarded the Number 30 bus that exploded in Tavistock Square.
A total of 52 people died in the four co-ordinated suicide attacks on London’s public transport system during the morning rush hour.
Four al-Qaeda associated militants detonated four bombs, three on the London Underground, in quick succession, and a fourth bomb exploding an hour later on the double-decker bus in Tavistock Square.
At the time of her death Marie was described as a friend, colleague, a creative talent, family orientated and lived life to the full.