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TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
25th March 1947 Singer and pianist Elton John born today in Pinner, London.
25th March 1946 Heathrow Airport officially opened by Lord Winster, the Minister of Aviation.
25th March 1905 Born today: Binnie Barnes, London, actress (Last of the Mohicans, 3 Musketeers)
25th March 1843 Brunel's Thames Tunnel is finally opened to the public.
Green Jackets Bandstand bomb
Location of the 1982 band stand bomb which killed 7 musicians.
Location: Bandstand, Regents Park
Description: This is where a terrorist bomb planted underneath the bandstand at Regent's Park, London, exploded during a routine lunchtime concert by the 1st Batallion: Royal Green Jackets Band, killing seven musicians: WO2 (BSM) Graham Barker, Sgt Robert Livingstone, Cpl John R McKnight and Bandsmen John Heritage, George J Mesure, Keith Powell and Laurence Smith.
Others were wounded, some very seriously, and when the Band regrouped five weeks later just nine men were present, headed by Bandmaster David Little.
It was the first of a season of lunchtime concerts for tourists and nearby office workers, four of whom were amongst the injured.