FOR many, it was a moment as intended - a time for quiet reflection of the terrible moment the London bombers struck.
At the stroke of midday, pens were put down on desks, machines switched off, buses stopped.
We in Huddersfield remembered - whether in defiance of the perpetrators of these crimes or in shock at the realisation that the bombers came from so near.
In Queensgate market, a simple announcement over the public address system gave notice of the two-minute silence.
Hustle and bustle ceased, heavy bags were rested on the floor. Shopworkers came out from behind the counter to stand at the doorway.
Our thoughts were mixed as we stood in silence on a beautiful summer's day.
It was the same inside countless other buildings in the town.
But it was in sharp contrast to the scene in the open-air.
There, the tribute was more honoured in the breach than the observance.
Customers continued to go in to the shops, oblivious to the silence and that perhaps could be the moral - life goes on, in spite of everything.