Grieving families and those injured in the terror attacks of a year ago were joined by the Prime Minister last night for a national service of remembrance.
Relatives of the 52 people killed in the London bombings gathered with survivors in Regent's Park for a service of readings, poems and songs to commemorate the first anniversary of the tragedy.
The service, in the serene surroundings of Queen Mary's Gardens, began with a powerful rendition of Something Inside So Strong, sung by the London Community Gospel Choir.
More than 1,000 people attended the ceremony, while scores more watched from behind barriers erected at the back of the arena.
Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell opened the service by saying she had been "moved beyond words" by the "courage" of the relatives and survivors.
Marie Fatayi-Williams, who lost her son, Anthony, 26, in the bombings, read the poem All Is Well before New Zealander Kathryn Gilkinson, who lost her daughter, Shelley Mather, 26, read her own poem The Moon.
The last reading, a poem called I Carry Your Heart, was read by Yvonne Nash, 31, whose partner, Jamie, was killed in the bus explosion.