Anti-hate crime vigil, Trafalgar Square

London’s Trafalgar Square was dressed in candle light and solidarity last night as thousands gathered in a vigil to express their opposition to hate crime. This follows the death of 62-year-old Ian Baynham, who sustained critical injuries as a result of a homophobic attack.

Sandi Toksvig led proceedings, which included speeches by Ian’s friends and family, London’s deputy mayor Richard Barnes and comedian Stephen Amos. A letter from Stuart Milk, who was 17 when his famous uncle Harvey Milk was assassinated, was read to the crowd, who spent most of the night in solemn silence interspersed with applause for the speakers and cheers for some emotional choral and orchestral performances.