Memories of the day that changed the world

The south tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse after the terrorist attack 10 years ago

The south tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse after the terrorist attack 10 years ago

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TEN years ago the world was hit by one of the worst terrorist attacks in human history – on a day that is now called 9/11.

Millions of people watched in horror as two hi-jacked jets were deliberately flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

Another plane was targeted at the Pentagon in Washington.

Ahead of tomorrow’s 10-year anniversary the Evening News spoke to those caught up in the tragedy, and asks where were you on 9/11.

Scarborough man Peter Bull ran a stockbrokers’ firm, Avalon Partners, in the World Trade Centre, with offices on the 83rd floor of the North Tower -– the first to be hit by the hijacked planes.

He lost seven members of staff that day. Mr Bull said: “I keep seeing all the hype on the television and the radio, and in way it just makes me want to turn it off. I am quite happy to commemorate the day but I don’t want to relive it.

“It doesn’t seem like 10 years ago as you are being reminded of it all the time one way or another.

“I certainly never forget it for a second.” Many people will always remember where they were when they heard about the attacks.

Scarborough writer Gilly Collinson recalled: “A confirmed media-junky, I was watching rolling news on satellite TV when it was announced that the World Trade Center’s North Tower had been hit by a plane. I watched in fascination. But no-one at that time was thinking that it was anything other than a bizarre accident.

“It was only with the second impact that a shiver went down my spine: this was no accident, this was a terrorist act on a hitherto unseen scale.

“Collecting my 15 year-old son from Scarborough College later that day, I tried to explain the magnitude the day’s events, and how they would have repercussions for years to come. Repercussions that we are still feeling today.”