“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.
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.”