Seven Kings candlelit vigil remembers all knife victims across the country
PUBLISHED: 11:01 04 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:43 08 December 2014
Around 50 people affected by knife crime attended a one-off service to remember victims across the country on Wednesday.
The Anti-Knife UK organisation, led by Danny O’Brien, of Seven Kings, helped organise the two hour service, which included guest speakers, prayers and a contemporary dance act.
Although Rev Jonathan Evens, of St John the Evangelist, in St John’s Road, Seven Kings, ruled out a repeat of the service next year, he said the event was a success.
“The congregation was very grateful for the event,” he said. “They were very moved by the occasion, the prayers and reflection.
“They were fired up by the speakers too.”
Mike Smith, of Words4Weapons, an organisation which launched this country’s first weapon exchange programme spoke alongside Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) and Mr O’Brien.
“We put on the service because we recognised a need people have when they are grieving to remember loved ones and to do that in a public way too with prayer and reflection in the run up to Christmas,” added Rev Evens.
The congregation took part in an act of remembrance, lighting a candle next to a photo display of knife crime victims.
A contemporary dance act, “expressing the emotions of those affected by knife crime”, rounded off the service.