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Borough Market to hold minute’s silence for terror victims ahead of opening

A market bell will be rung to signal the reopening of the bustling tourist hotspot.

Borough Market will pause for a minute’s silence before traders open for business for the first time since the London Bridge terror attack.

A market bell will be rung on Wednesday to signal the reopening of the bustling tourist hotspot, which was forced to close after it was targeted in the June 3 atrocity.

Eight people were killed when three attackers ploughed into pedestrians with a white van on London Bridge, before stabbing revellers in the nearby market with 12-inch ceramic knives.

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People make a floral, fruit and vegetable installation to mark the reopening of Borough Market (John Stillwell/PA)

Inquests into the deaths of Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, and Frenchmen Xavier Thomas, 45, and Alexandre Pigeard, 26, who were killed in the attack, will open at Southwark Coroner’s Court on Wednesday.

Coroner Andrew Harris opened and adjourned the inquests for five other victims – Sara Zelenak, 21, Kirsty Boden, 28, Sebastien Belanger, 36, James McMullan, 32, and Ignacio Echeverria, 39 – at the same court on Tuesday.

A minute’s silence will be held at Borough Market at 9.30am ahead of its official reopening at 10am.

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The victims of the London Bridge terrorist attack (top row left to right) Christine Archibald, James McMullan, Alexandre Pigeard, Sebastien Belanger, (bottom row left to right) Kirsty Boden, Sara Zelenak, Xavier Thomas and Ignacio Echeverria (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Charity Victim Support said trained staff would be on hand to support anyone affected by the atrocity.

Opening hours will be extended over the coming weeks to help businesses affected by the attack, with the market welcoming shoppers on June 18 and June 25.

A trader support fund has also been set up to help those who have suffered financially due to the market’s closure.

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