BBC's Clive Myrie on his sorrow at losing Jewish friend in 7/7 bombings

The 'beautiful pottery' Miriam Hyman gave Myrie and his wife as a wedding present 25 years ago is still on display in their home, the news presenter said


English journalist Clive Myrie receives for him and his cameraman teammate Darren Conway the "Prix de limage video (Television et television grande format)" award for their work "La guerre des drogues au Mexique - Mexique - BBC" during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents in Bayeux, northwestern France, on October 13, 2018 (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images)

BBC News presenter Clive Myrie has spoken out about the anger he still feels toward the terrorists who killed his friend Miriam Hyman in the London 7/7 bombings.

Hyman, who was Jewish, was 32 when she was killed on the number 30 bus as she made her way to work at a publishing company in Canary Wharf on July 7 2005.

In total, 52 people were killed and more than 770 were injured when four suicide bombers struck London's transport network in what was the worst terrorist atrocity in history to take place on British soil.

Reflecting on the bombings, Myrie, who is expected to take over as lead presenter on the News at Ten, recalled how Hyman had been a guest at his wedding and how her death had left him “angry at the senselessness of it all”.

“My wife Catherine worked with one of the victims who died. Miriam came to our wedding and the beautiful pottery she gave us as a present 25 years ago still sits in our home,” Myrie told the Daily Mirror.

Hyman attended Brookland Junior School as a child, and Copthall School, in Mill Hill, before reading French and art history at University College London.

Following her death, her family founded The Miriam Hyman Memorial Trust in her memory.

In 2008, the trust helped to set up the Miriam Hyman Children’s Eye Care Centre in India, which serves underprivileged youngsters - Hyman herself was slightly short-sighted.

The trust also runs a programme which educates students about extremism.

In 2017 Mavis Hyman said that the pain of losing her daughter never fades. 

“She was my child. She was a special girl,” the bereft mother said.

“Miriam managed to squeeze the brightness out of everything. It is very painful that she is gone but that pain is our driving force.” 

Myrie, 59, was speaking following the release of his autobiography, Everything is Everything, in which he spoke of his anger at the terrorists' refusal to "buy into" to British values.

“Three of the four killers were British-born, second-generation immigrants like me, with their parents from ­Pakistan. One moved to the UK when he was only a year old. I felt overwhelming anger towards the four men," Myrie wrote.

"I was angry at the men’s failure to have bought into the idea of a multicultural Britain, their failure as brown people to buy into the values of tolerance and freedom that underpin liberal democracy."

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