I’m not that OK with my family going to London

The words terrorism and the definition of those that perpetrate acts of terrorism, terrorists, have been used as early as the 1700s. In my lifetime there have been many acts of terrorism carried out on British soil, as early as the Manchester bombings in 1992 and again in 1995.  I’m from Manchester and at the time of those bombings, I was away at university, my parents had walked past the exact point of the 1995 explosion 40 minutes before the IRA detonated their device.  It was so unreal it almost couldn’t be true, belief that someone could do such a thing only hit home when a month later, I got lost in my own city, now a maze of boarded up shop fronts and dead end streets were once were thriving businesses.

Back then I don’t think I could have imagined anything worse, until of course the tragic series of attacks in London and Manchester recently.  I am with the many when I say I genuinely will not be made to live in fear, nor will I allow my children to do so either however this belief has been put to the test recently when Lisa took Monkey down to visit her Auntie Sam in central London.

Lisa has a lot of family down South, mainly in Essex and as I said, her Sister in London.  As I’ve been incredibly busy with work, Lisa took the opportunity to go down to Essex with her Mum to visit her Grandparents to celebrate a birthday. Of course I missed them both terribly but then I felt something I hadn’t realised was an issue. When Lisa told me they would be visiting her Sister in London the following day I felt anxiety kick in.

Deep down I wasn’t fearful for their lives, London is a safe place but a little demon on my shoulder took me back to the years of the terror campaigns of the IRA, whether it was a real threat or a hoax, they operated a warning system with the government, telephone calls with code words to establish authenticity. They did not give much time to the authorities to get the public out of danger and many performed heroic acts in their duties to reduce public injury but for the most part, to the best of my recollection, they did give warning.

As the attacks in London and Manchester came without warning I found myself questioning that at a time of incredible uncertainty and violence, was I really OK with Lisa and Monkey going to London?  They thoroughly enjoyed their visit, as did our wonderful Southern based family, so I’m really pleased Lisa and Monkey took the opportunity to go away for the weekend, so was my fear misplaced?

How do you feel since these attacks?  Do you live in an area directly effected by the recent atrocities? If not, would you think twice about visiting one of the effected cities? Or would you carry on regardless, a stiff upper lip.  I would love to hear your experiences and thoughts.

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10 Responses

  1. John Adams says:

    We live on the fringes of London and my wife works in the city. You either carry on or the terrorists have won. The London attack, however, did leave me cold as I had been to Borough Market with my daughter just the day before. the other thing is that one of these attacks didn’t take place in London. Sure, London stands out but where else should you avoid?

    • You are right of course, we visited the market ourselves when Lisa was pregnant and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately it can take a catastrophic event to supersede what a place is known for although be it for a short while. Lisa’s sister revisited the market recently (she’s a tour guide for Smallcarbigcity) and its a bustle of activity. Thanks for visiting!

  2. It’s a tough call to make. I can understand where your anxiety came from if I’m very honest. As much as I’d like to tell myself I’d be cool with my daughters & wife visiting to a city which has recently been targeted by terrorists, deep down I’m not sure I would be. But John’s comment above is absolutely spot on ‘Where else should you avoid’?. The sad and horrible truth is no where seems to be safe anymore. So do we just stay in our houses? Hell no. Life must go on as close to normal as possible. But your question is very valid. Just as a matter of interest, we’ve decided to do a staycation this year which is partly because of the world turmoil as well as financial so it’s clearly in the back of our minds.
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  3. Emily says:

    It’s so hard isn’t it. I don’t live in London, but I still worry about what could happen where I live. For all of that thought, it wouldn’t stop me from going to London. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  4. Sadie says:

    I’ll be honest, we were in London the week after the incident at the Houses of Parliament, and for the most part it didn’t impact us. We even went to see Big Ben like proper tourists. But there was one moment on the Tube where I was suddenly gripped with a sense of panic…I don’t know what it was and it was very brief, but it wasn’t nice. I think when these things happen it’s natural for them to play on our minds, but life prevails.
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  5. Nige says:

    This is reallly difficult and I understand your feelings I have to go to London this coming week I will be a little worried but life goes on great read Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    • It’s been a really interesting response from everyone so far, in that no matter what has happened, London is still London and not ‘that place where the terrorists attacked’. Thanks for commenting and looking forward to next week’s #ThatFridayLinky

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