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It is probably the most iconic image of the 7/7 bombings in London of 2005 - a photo of a woman wearing a burns mask on her face as she flees the Edgware Road bombing.

She is accompanied by Paul Dadge, a former firefighter who had set up a makeshift triage unit at the back of a nearby Marks and Spencer store.

The "Lady in the Mask" is Davinia Turrell, 28.

She married her love, Erik Douglass, 36, a business consultant, on Valentine's Day.

Davinia, who works as a tax consultant at a law firm in Central London, and Erik still travel to work every day by Tube. They are pictured here waiting for a bus close to their home.

The 7/7 bombings were the deadliest attack on London since March 1945.

Wedding joy for 7/7 'lady in the mask'

By Helen Dowd
12th July 2009
Daily Mail

It is one of the most haunting images of the 7/7 terrorist attacks on London – Davinia Turrell clutching a burns dressing to her face as she fled Edgware Road Tube station.

But now, four years on, 28-year-old Davinia – who became known as the ‘lady in the mask’ – has put the tragedy behind her and married.

In the week after a £1million memorial to the attack’s 52 victims was unveiled in Hyde Park, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that Davinia has found love with business consultant Erik Douglass, 36.


Lady in the Mask: Injured Tube passenger Davinia Turrell is helped away from Edgware Road station by doctor Paul Dadge after the 7/7 terror attack in 2005 which killed 52

A neighbour of the couple, who live in London’s Docklands, said they were married on Valentine’s Day this year in their local Catholic church.

The neighbour added: ‘Everyone said it was a lovely wedding. They were surrounded by their families. They seem like such a happy couple. They’re lovely.

She was very excited about the wedding.’

Davinia, who works as a tax consultant at a law firm in Central London, and Erik travel to work every day by Tube. They are pictured here waiting for a bus close to their home.

After the attack at Edgware Road in 2005, Davinia became an unwitting symbol of the horror when she was photographed being shepherded to safety in the protective arms of part-time fireman Paul Dadge.


The 7/7 victim with her new husband Erik Douglass near their east London home

He has said: ‘The photograph is not so much about me and Davinia, it represents what people went through on July 7.’

Davinia spent nine days in the burns unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and now appears to no longer bear the scars of her injuries.

Four years ago, she praised the emergency services for their response in the aftermath of the attacks. Describing them as ‘fantastic’, she said she was eternally grateful to ‘all those who acted so quickly and so bravely at the scene of the London bombings’.

She added: ‘All were simply fantastic and treated myself and my family with the utmost kindness, care and compassion.’

Last week, a report by the Commons home affairs committee, published on the fourth anniversary of the bombings, said that London’s transport network was ‘extremely vulnerable’ to attack and that the 2012 Olympics could also be at risk.

It added: ‘We would, nevertheless, seek to reassure the Commons and the public that a great deal of work has been done to protect the millions who use the network every day.’

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