Incredible scenes as hundreds remember Orlando victims in Soho's Old Compton Street - and vigils are held all over the world

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Hundreds of mourners have gathered in the heart of London's LGBT community to commemorate the 49 victims murdered at a gay club night in the US.

Old Compton Street, Soho - scene of the 1999 attack - the fell silent at 7pm as a sign of respect for the revellers slaughtered by a gunman in Orlando on Sunday morning.

Flags bearing messages of hope fluttered in the wind and a number of the fists were raised defiantly in the air during the two-minute silence.

After those gathered on the packed road, which is home to a number of prominent gay clubs, finished observing the two minutes of respectful quiet, 49 balloons - one for each person killed - were released into the air.

A rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's hit Bridge Over Troubled Water was sung by London Gay Men's Chorus as the silence came to an end, followed by the road chanting: "We're here, we're queer, we will not live in fear."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan were among a cross-party group of politicians at the event.

(Yui Mok/PA) People gathered on Old Compton Street, London, during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida.
(Yui Mok/PA)

Corbyn said: "Extraordinary turnout of people showing their solidarity against this awful crime and there is an amazing sense of coming together and unity here in London tonight indeed as it is all over the world.

"We have to live in a society where homophobic hate crime is a thing of the past and the deaths that happened in Orlando are a sign of something deeply awful.

"We're here in Old Compton Street because of what happened here and it's that sense of solidarity that we've got. Love, in the end, defeats this crime, because it's stronger."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn joins people gathered on Old Compton Street, London, during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida.
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Mayor of London Sadiq Khan joins people gathered on Old Compton Street, London, during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida (Yui Mok/PA)
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A woman holding an Orlando placard on Old Compton Street, London, during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida.
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In 1999, a nail-bomb was detonated on the street, killing two people and injuring dozens more.

Following the two minutes of silence, the group - which also featured shadow chancellor John McDonnell and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson - laid flowers at St Anne's Church to those killed in the atrocity.

hadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, US Ambassador in London Matthew W. Barzun and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan taking part in a flower laying service at Saint Anne's Church in Soho, London, following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. (Yui Mok/PA)
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People embrace as candles and floral tributes are laid at Saint Anne's Church in Soho, London, following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida. (Yui Mok/PA)
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People embrace as candles and floral tributes are laid at Saint Anne's Church in Soho, London, following a vigil for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida.
(Yui Mok/PA)

Meanwhile, people laid candles and flowers in cities all over the world, such as Liverpool...

People from Merseyside from both hetrosexual and homosexual communities attend a vigil at St Georges Hall, Liverpool, for the victims of the Orlando Shootings at a Gay nightclub in Florida.
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Zurich.

A mourner places his candle as Swiss LGBT activists hold a vigil for those killed and wounded in the Sunday mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, at a church in Zurich, Switzerland
(Ennio Leanza/AP)

Warsaw.

(Czarek Sokolowski/AP) Warsaw residents stand next to flowers, rainbow flags and lit candles in front of the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, Monday,
(Czarek Sokolowski/AP)

New York City.

(Mark Lennihan/AP) Judy McMahon, left, of Binghamton, N.Y. and Janet Sarno of New York stop to leave flowers at a makeshift memorial in front of New York's Stonewall Inn, Monday, June 13, 2016
(Mark Lennihan/AP)

Las Vegas.

Maurice Forbes, center, holds a candle with others during a vigil at The Center, a community center for the LGBT community  (John Locher/AP)
(John Locher/AP)

Bangkok.

Visitors place candles at a vigil outside the US Embassy for those killed and wounded in the Sunday June 12, 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in Bangkok, Thailand
(Mark Baker/AP)

And Sydney.

A man looks over an impromptu candle-lit memorial set up in Sydney, Monday, June 13, 2016, following the Florida mass shooting at the Pulse Orlando  (Rick Rycroft/AP)
(Rick Rycroft/AP)