The Pink Singers were proud this weekend to be invited to take part in the Soho Act of Remembrance on the anniversary of the nail bomb attack at the Admiral Duncan pub.
The attack on 20th April 1999 led to the tragic loss of three lives and another 79 people were injured in this hate crime aimed at the local LGBT community. It was the final attack in a series of three bombings, the other two aimed at the Black community in Brixton, and the Asian community in Brick Lane.
The remembrance event – organised by 17-24-30 NationalHCAW – began outside the Admiral Duncan on Old Compton Street before moving to St Anne’s Gardens, where those gathered for the ceremony lit three candles to remember the three people killed in the attack. Moving speeches and readings were given by the vicar of St Anne’s Soho, the LGBT+ Poet Laureate Trudy Howson, the Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster, the family of Nick Moore, and the LGBT liaison officers for MPS Soho. The Pink Singers performed three songs as part of the ceremony: I Know A Place, You’ll Never Walk Alone, and Chosen Family.
We were extremely proud to sing at this event as one that is close to our hearts. The Pink Singers took part in the vigil held in 1999 in the immediate aftermath of the attack, and we commend the ongoing crucial work of National Hate Crime Awareness Week and so many others working to bring people together and campaign for an end to hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community.
The Pink Singers