It may have happened in a city hundreds of miles away but the terror attack on Westminster felt close to home.
The horrific assault was witnessed by Sunderland boxer Pat McCormack, our city’s MPs were in lockdown in Parliament, and many in our community will have friends and relatives living in the capital. It was an attack that affected everyone.
Theresa May said this was an attack on our democracy which showed the best and worst of humanity.
The best easily outweighed the worst.
A misguided and expendable foot soldier of hate caused terror in our capital, but it was answered by a defiant heroism and compassion.
We should focus on the best of the humanity shown that day, and it was there in abundance.
The brave souls who faced up to terror are those who should be remembered while the wretch who delivered mayhem is forgotten.
There was the policeman, PC Keith Palmer, who gave his life to protect others; the minister Tobias Ellwood - his life already blighted by terrorism - who came to the officer’s aid; there were the members of the public racing to help stricken victims; and the doctors and nurses who ran towards danger to see if they could save lives.
Westminster Bridge and the House of Commons could have been closed in light of this atrocity, but it is business almost as usual in London today. That speaks volumes.
The call has been made for our nation to stand as one against terror and attacks on our freedom.
There was no need to make the call. The actions of the many show we will never be cowed by terror.