Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 09.36.30PEOPLE IN SUNDERLAND SHARE the International community’s support and solidarity for our friends in France following the tragic events which occurred in Paris last Friday.

A minute’s silence was observed in all public buildings at 11am this morning while flags were also flown at half-mast.

This evening from dusk, Penshaw monument will be lit in the Red, White and Blue of the French tri-colour national flag until Sunday .

The Magistrate Courts in Keel Square will also be lit with the Tri-colour overnight and tomorrow evening until half an hour before the annual switch-on of the city centre’s Christmas lights.

Other civic tributes include a letter to the Mayor of Saint Nazaire, Sunderland’s twin city in France, sent on behalf of everyone in the community by the Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson.

Councillor Watson said: “As part of the International community it is important  that Sunderland shows its sympathy and continuing support to all those in Paris and communities across France, Europe and the world affected by these terrible attacks.

“We hope that lighting up one of our most iconic landmarks at Penshaw monument will help symbolise that support, and provide a  focal point for people’s tributes to those in Paris .

“The display in the city centre at our latest landmark, Keel Square, will also give people a chance to reflect among friends and family as they gather for a traditional community event tomorrow.”

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