London came to a standstill when a man ploughed into innocent pedestrians on Westminster Bridge last week, the rest of the world went into mourning and a Stawell man “thanked the heavens” he was still alive.
Llewelyn Clark was in London with his family on a business trip and was set to be at Westminster Bridge on the day of the attack.
He had a training day for international fashion and design, meaning Mr Clark needed to walk across the popular tourist site.
The event was postponed.
“I am mighty glad and just so thankful,” he said.
“I was on the bridge exactly 24 hours before the attack and scheduled to be there again on the day of the attack, it is just so surreal.”
After the incident Mr Clark said the city descended into a chaotic scramble of confusion, fear and sorrow.
“I have never been in a situation like that before, it was quite some experience to go through that’s for sure,” he said.
“The mood changed dramatically from everyday work and business to being hyper-vigilant.
“Everyone was looking out for one another in a very caring manner, but also very aware of the dangers.”
Five people died, with 50 injured- some critically.
Mr Clark said being in the midst of the danger had influenced his perspective on global terror.
“It is just the unpredictability of mankind,” he said.
“Even that day when we were in London on the tube and I looked at someone and thought you just cannot trust anyone.
“Are they going to do something on the train then and there, that anxiety comes over you.”
Mr Clark said London stepped up its security after the attack.
“Regular duty police officers didn’t even carry a pistol on their belt, but after they were walking around with these machine guns and high powered rifles,” he said.
“And then of course flying home and at the airport as well going through Heathrow.”
Mr Clark was thankful to be back home at Stawell with his family and friends.
“I prayed to God and it has made me think that there is someone there above me who made sure we weren’t involved in the attack and to be back here safe in Stawell.”
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.