Paris attacks: One minute silence marked in Leeds

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Leeds City Council observed a one minute silence to respect the victims of the terrorist attack in Paris and other recent atrocities.

Around 100 people attended the silence at Victoria Gardens in the city centre at 11am as Europe came together to remember those who lost their lives.

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

Many of the people taking part in the silence were council staff - but passers-by also joined in, and a First Bus stopped outside Victoria Gardens to allow its passengers to take part.

The leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake joined, council chief executive Tom Riordan, council staff and others to pay respects.

Government buildings, council flags were flown at half-mast for the day.

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PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

A spontaneous round of applause broke out at the end of the silence after the Honorary French Consul, Jeremy Burton, thanked the people of Leeds for showing their support to Parisians.

Speaking after the silence, Coun Blake said: “I think the people of Leeds have responded incredibly with real sympathy and solidarity, and with real understanding of what people are going through - and the need for all of us to come together.

“At times like this we demonstrate our strength. I would like to pay tribute to Leeds Arena and to the Town Hall staff who lit up the buildings in response to the attacks.”

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Chapman said: “I know that the people of Leeds and across the world join me in having been deeply moved by the reports and images we have seen following this unprecedented and appalling event.

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

“It is fitting that as a city that promotes diversity, tolerance and peace, that we gather to pay our respects and show our support to families and communities affected by the tragedy.”

Council worker Carolyn Keenan, who took part in the silence, said: “It was important for me to come and show my support today. What happened what devastating, and it really brought home how close these attacks can be.”

PIC: James Hardisty

PIC: James Hardisty

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