A thoughtful silence descends

Shoppers, workers and politicians in the North-East came to a standstill yesterday as they joined millions of people around the country in observing a two-minute silence in memory of the 7/7 bombings.

Passengers and staff observe the two minutes' silence, in memory of the 7/7 bombing victims', at Newcastle Central Station

Shoppers, workers and politicians in the North-East came to a standstill yesterday as they joined millions of people around the country in observing a two-minute silence in memory of the 7/7 bombings.

Town halls fell silent at noon as staff remembered the 52 who died in the atrocities and more than 700 who were injured.

The union flag was brought to half staff at civic buildings in South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Newcastle as a mark of respect and more than 100,000 council employees stopped working.

Meanwhile, the Tyne and Wear Metro system also ground to a stop to commemorate the victims. Trains waited at stations during the silence, while workers at interchanges and at Nexus officers stood with heads bowed.

Newcastle Central Station also stilled as passengers marked the silence at platforms and on the concourse.

Hundreds of shoppers and workers at Gateshead's MetroCentre and at Newcastle's Eldon Square also stopped in their tracks to pay their respects.

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