VIDEO: Neighbours gather in silence and applause in memory of Leeds victims of Tunisia attacks

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Friends, neighbours and colleagues of a Leeds couple joined civic leaders and millions of people across the country in a minute’s silence for victims of the Tunisia beach massacre.

About 40 people gathered on the green outside the house of Chris and Sharon Bell in Killingbeck at noon on Friday to pay their respects.

Neighbours and friends gather outside the house of Chris and Sharon Bell

Neighbours and friends gather outside the house of Chris and Sharon Bell

At the same time colleagues of Mr Bell at Leeds railway station, where he worked in the ticket office, and staff at Avanta Care in Horsforth, where Mrs Bell was a domiciliary care manager, also came to a standstill in their memory.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds Coun Judith Chapman and Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake were among the dignitaries who gathered at Victoria Gardens in the city centre to mark the occasion.

Mr and Mrs Bell, who leave three children and a number of grandchildren, were among 38 people who were killed by gunman Seifeddine Rezgui in the resort of Sousse a week ago.

Their children are believed to be in Oxfordshire today, where an RAF plane carrying their bodies and those of other victims was expected to land at Brize Norton airbase.

Colleagues of Chris Bell paid their respects at Leeds railway station

Colleagues of Chris Bell paid their respects at Leeds railway station

Residents who took part in the silence in Killingbeck broke out into spontaneous applause at the end of the minute’s reflection.

Ginny Edwards told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It was a terrible shock to find out what had happened. You just feel for the family, the children especially.

“When it’s on your doorstep it really brings it home.”

Millions across the country fell silent to remember the 30 British people who were killed in the beach front massacre.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh observed the silence as they visited the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, while Prime Minister David Cameron marked the moment in his Oxfordshire constituency.

Play at Wimbledon was delayed as a mark of respect.

Just before the silence, an inquest was opened into the death of engineer Stephen Mellor, from Bodmin, Cornwall, who was killed as he shielded his wife Cheryl during the beach attack.

West London Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Mellor was killed by gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen.

The hearing was told that 275 witness accounts had been taken by police, while more than 1,200 potential witnesses had returned to the UK.

As pedestrians and tourists alike bowed their head in London’s Parliament Square during the silence, flags above Whitehall fluttered at half mast, a poignant symbol mirrored at public buildings throughout the country, including at Buckingham Palace.

Tunisian prime minister Habib Essid also joined the UK’s ambassador to the country Hamish Cowell at a memorial event on the beach in Sousse - where Mr Cowell met members of the hotel’s staff to thank them for their role helping British nationals.

Armed police patrolled the beach while dozens of tourists also gathered around a sea of flowers at the scene of the attacks.