The most important part of minute’s silence is the end

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Tube announcements will be halted and buses will be brought to a standstill in London tomorrow as a minute’s silence is observed at 11.30am to mark the 10th anniversary of the July 7 attacks.

It will be a minute in which we can remember the victims and think again about the events of that day.

Again there was that moment, the point at which the 12 chimes of Big Ben finished and then we all went back to work

For the people who loved those killed and injured in the attacks, and for those who somehow survived, that minute will be 60 full seconds of remembrance.

For the rest of us, the single most important moment within that minute is at the end when we go back to doing what we were doing before — quietly defiant.

That will be the moment the terrorists lose their battle to intimidate their targets —10 years on and we’re still winning that war.

One of the things I remember from that time a whole decade ago is the willingness and determination of Londoners to get back to work.

They wanted to get the city moving again and to use their routine as a way of sticking two fingers up at deluded Islamicists willing to give up their lives in the pursuit of taking many others.

It is unfortunate that the message has yet to get through — that no matter how big the horror, how innocent the victims, our spirit will be unbroken.

The minute’s silence observed on Friday as a mark of respect to the 38 people, 30 of them British, murdered in Tunisia is the beginning of this process for an atrocity still raw to everyone, let alone those grieving.

Again there was that moment, the point at which the 12 chimes of Big Ben finished and then we all went back to work.

Perhaps the people who support such murder would see the killing of 38 holidaymakers and the delaying of Wimbledon by a whole 15 minutes as some sort of triumph.

Perhaps they think by keeping us off a certain beach in north Africa that they’ve managed to teach us a lesson or two.

Well here’s the message from all of us. Come back in 10 years’ time and see where we are holidaying and see how delayed Wimbledon is.

Then we’ll see who’s really won.