Today at 11.30am the country fell silent to mark the 10th anniversary of the atrocious London 7/7 bombings in which 52 people were murdered, including Peterborough man James Adams.
Mr Adams was 32 years old and a mortgage broker from Bretton. He was one of 26 people killed in the blast between King’s Cross and Russell Square stations on July 7 in the 2005 attack.
Today floral tributes have been laid at Kings Cross dedicated to the victims.
Among them is a photo of James with this message attached: “The fact that you are no longer with us will always cause pain, but you are forever in our hearts.
“Until we meet again. We miss you so much and always will. Tony, Amanda, Rebecca and Amy.”
Mr Adams was a chorister at Peterborough King’s School, where he roomed with Labour’s Tottenham MP David Lammy.
He was a keen fan of sports, in particular enjoying motor racing and Manchester United Football Club.
A keen philanthropist, an orphanage in India that Mr Adams had supported erected a building in his memory.
The James Adams Memorial Retreat Centre is used by the orphanage’s staff and visitors as a place of rest and was funded by £6,000 raised by a charity concert at the Bretton Baptist Church.
He was a committed Christian who had an active member of the Bretton Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for three years.
At the time of the terrorist attack Mr Adams had recently started a new job as an endowment mortgage advisor for Deloittes, in The Strand.
He was commuting to London daily and had phoned his parents Ernest and Elaine Adams from Peterborough Train Station at 7.15am, just an hour and a half before the explosion.
James was sitting in the same carriage chosen by the bomber at King’s Cross, and it is thought that he died as soon as the blast hit.
Both of his parents were told about the attack by friends, who came to Ernest while he was at work and to Elaine while she was in a coffee shop in Peterborough.
Both rushed home to wait by the telephone in the hope that their son would call to say he was OK.