SEVERAL AREA RESIDENTS ARE ORIGINALLY FROM LONDON. MANY HAVE SPENT THE DAY WORRYING ABOUT FRIENDS AND FAMILY STILL IN THEIR NATIVE TOWN.
ONE WOMAN, WITH TIES TO ROCKFORD, WAS RIDING ON A TRAIN IN LONDON WHEN THE BLASTS OCCURED. SHE HAS SEVERAL FRIENDS IN OUR CITY AND SHE VISITED HERE BACK IN 2000.
DIANE FORD HAS BEEN GLUED TO THE TELEVISION EVER SINCE SHE HEARD THE NEWS, THAT HER HOME TOWN WAS ATTACKED BY TERRORISTS.
"I have family there. I'm concerned about them."
FORD MOVED TO ROCKFORD FROM LONDON NEARLY 20 YEARS AGO; HER PARENTS AND HER NEPHEW STILL LIVE AND WORK IN THAT CITY. JUST THIS PAST FEBRUARY SHE WENT BACK TO VISIT THEM. SHE EVEN RODE ON A DOUBLE-DECKER BUS - LIKE THE ONE INVOLVED IN THURSDAY'S ATTACK.
"And I mean, you just can't get out. If something goes off, you're trapped."
… THAT'S THE FEAR ROSIE STEWART HAD ON THURSDAY. SHE WAS IN LONDON RIDING ON THE SUBWAY WHEN THE FIRST BLAST WENT OFF. SHE SAW MANY OF THE WALKING WOUNDED.
"Most of them were shocked, in shock. I spoke to a lady who was shaking. Somebody gave her a cup of coffee and she was shaking so much she couldn't hold it."
STEWART IS FROM LONDON BUT HAS SEVERAL FRIENDS IN ROCKFORD. AFTER HEARING ABOUT THE ATTACK, MANY OF THOSE FRIENDS CALLED HER FRANTICALLY TO MAKE SURE SHE WAS OKAY. AND STEWART SAYS SHE FEELS BLESSED TO BE ALIVE:
"It brought home to me how fragile life is, you leave out of your house for work and you don't know what's waiting for you."
THE MOOD IN LONDON IS SOMBER, BUT STEWART SAYS, PEOPLE SEEM MORE DETERMINED THAN EVER TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM.