This Week: #LoveBorough.

 

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#LoveBorough

It will come as a surprise to no one that this week’s newsletter is very different to usual. After the tragic events of last Saturday, Borough Market remains closed, and as yet we are unable to predict when it will reopen. But reopen it will, and your wonderful support will be needed more than ever before. Everyone associated with the Market has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love that has flowed in this direction over the past few days—we would encourage any of you wishing to express your thoughts about the Market through social media to adopt the hashtag #LoveBorough

Donald Hyslop, the Chair of Trustees of Borough Market, has made the following statement, which we think says everything that needs to be said at this time:

“Following Saturday’s horrific terrorist attack, we would like to express our deep sympathy for the many hundreds of people who were affected by the brutal events that unfolded in the vicinity of Borough Market.

We also offer our heartfelt thanks to the emergency services whose skill, courage and endeavour prevented an even greater tragedy, and to those heroic members of the public who put their own safety on the line to protect one another in the face of this savagery.

As we try to come to terms with what happened here, we know that the weeks and months to come will be difficult to navigate. Those people whose night was shattered by this heinous crime will need as much support, understanding and love as we can muster. Thankfully, these are things that Borough Market can offer in abundance.

This is not just a collection of stalls, it is a community of people: traders, customers, staff, suppliers. It is an institution defined by its warmth and personality, a place of great diversity and openness. It is these qualities that will see us through this nightmare. As a community, we will join together to mourn those who died, offer strength to those who have been wounded or traumatised, and continue to defy those who believed that this happy neighbourhood was a valid target for their hatred.

Soon, although we don’t yet know when, Borough Market will need to reopen its doors and get on with its job of selling food and drink to the people of London—a function it has fulfilled for a thousand years, through plague, political upheaval and the bombs of two world wars. It will be tough at first, but none of us will allow the actions of these individuals to throw the Market off course.  

Now more than ever, we need to remind ourselves that what we do here matters. A food market has nothing to do with hate. A food market is about sustenance and wellbeing, pleasure and sharing, companionship and family. That’s why it’s important.”