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Borough Market reopens after London Bridge terror attack

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Media captionA bell was rung to signal the market reopening

Borough Market has reopened for business after it was forced to close following the London Bridge terror attack.

Traders held a minute's silence to remember the victims before the market bell was rung at 10:00 BST.

The historic market has been closed since the attack on 3 June while police carried out forensic investigations.

Donald Hyslop, chair of trustees, said earlier "today we begin to reclaim and remake this place".

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Image caption Hundreds of people gathered outside Borough Market for the re-opening

He added: "We give this place back to you with love, and we only ask you two very small favours.

"Firstly, a call that echoes through a thousand years of history: spend a little money with us if you can.

"And secondly, come here today, come here at the weekend, come here when you can, it's your market.

"London is open. Borough Market is open."

Hundreds of people, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan, gathered to mark the occasion after days of intensive cleaning and clearing by the community to return the site to its former glory.

Mr Hyslop said markets bring people together and for thousands of years a market has stood in the area, surviving fire, flood, plague and war.

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Image caption Borough Market has existed in one form or another for about 1,000 years
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Image caption The market is positioned on the south end of London Bridge

A trader support fund has been set up to help those who suffered financially because of the closure.

Opening hours have been extended over the next two weeks, with shoppers able to visit on 18 and 25 June to further help businesses.

Some traders have also created special dishes which they will be selling in exchange for donations to the fund.

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Image caption Large numbers of floral tributes have been left in London Bridge
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Image caption Messages of condolence have also been left on a wall at the south end of the bridge

Staff at one restaurant in the market, which will be reopening on Wednesday lunchtime, said they had "emerged from a tough time as a stronger family".

Workers in the El Pastor were hailed as heroes for throwing objects at the terrorists as they burst in during the attack.

In a post on the restaurant's Instagram page, they said "the kindness and bravery shown by individuals and groups on the the night of 3rd June and afterwards has been awe-inspiring."

The reopening of the market comes as inquests into the deaths of the eight victims are held at Southwark Coroner's Court.

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Image caption El Pastor staff were hailed as heroes for throwing objects at the attackers

Not just a market

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Borough Market, positioned at the south end of London Bridge, has existed in one form or another for about 1,000 years, making it one of the oldest markets in London.

Originally a wholesale market, it now centres around artisan foods.

It is one of the largest food markets in the country, with more than 100 stalls selling gourmet goods from both Britain and abroad. As well as selling food to take away, there are more than 30 bars, cafes and restaurants.

It is a tourist attraction in its own right, attracting about five million visitors a year.

The market and its surrounding streets have been used as film locations for such features as Bridget Jones's Diary, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

London Bridge spans the River Thames between the City of London and Southwark, in central London.

It is often depicted in films, news and documentaries showing the throng of commuters journeying to work into the City from London Bridge Station.


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