SEP 01] COVENTRY CATHEDRAL NEWS
Coventry's Silent Tribute
fell silent at eleven o'clock this morning as the city joined
the international day of mourning for the victims of the
terrorist attacks in America.
Cathedral, recognised worldwide as a symbol of peace and
reconciliation, was packed as shoppers, office workers, students
and others gathered to show their respects to the thousands of
innocent victims of the atrocity.
from all walks of life and of all ages, many quietly weeping,
knelt in prayer before and after the three-minute silence which
began at precisely eleven o'clock.
silence was only broken by the delightful gurgles of a very
young baby, a poignant reminder, if it were needed, of the
importance of bringing those responsible for the attack to
inside the cathedral, it was also noticeable that the city
itself was still. All traffic noise stopped as drivers pulled
their vehicles to the side of the road and paused from their
journeys to pay their tribute.
the silence ended, parties of schoolchildren were ushered
quietly away by their teachers as the majority of the
congregation remained to continue their prayers, others joining
them in a vigil set to continue into the afternoon. Prayers were
offered for the victims and their families, for President Bush
and his administration and for the British nation, its people
and its Government.
the M6 near Coventry, as eleven o'clock approached, drivers
slowed with hazard lights flashing and pulled over to the hard
shoulder, the entire motorway coming to a halt for the three
minutes of the silence. As it ended, vehicles slowly made their
way back onto the main carriageways, each driver allowing those
around them to resume their place on the motorway.
remarkable scenes were echoed throughout the region and across
the country as people gave a clear demonstration of their grief
and emotions at what Prime Minister Tony Blair described as
"an act of wickedness for which there can be no