Messages of support sent to victims

23 May 2017.......    Red Rose White Rose for Manchester bombing. Picture Tony Johnson.
23 May 2017....... Red Rose White Rose for Manchester bombing. Picture Tony Johnson.

Civic leaders in the Wetherby area have been sending messages of support to the victims of the Manchester bomb attack.

Mayor of Wetherby Coun Norma Harrington paid tribute to emergency services who attended Manchester Arena on Monday night following the explosion detonated by a suicide bomber at the Ariana Grande concert.

“I pay tribute to those members of the emergency services who responded to the terrible incident in Manchester Arena on Monday night,” said Coun Harrington.

“Our thoughts must be with the families and friends of those killed and injured in this awful act of terrorism.”

But she urged: “We must be vigilant, but we must carry on with everyday things and not give in to those who would change our way of life for their ends.”

The explosion killed 22 people and injured 59, many of them children, as the concert was closing.

Coun Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said: “As a council and a city, Leeds stands ready to provide whatever support we can to Manchester at this unbearably difficult time. We will be opening a book of condolence and holding a minute’s silence across Leeds.”

Gillian Hainsworth, who was instrumental in helping to raise funds for those affected by flooding in Tadcaster in 2015, has launched a campaign called “United with Manchester City” which aims to raise more than £10,000 to support the victims of the Manchester attack.

Churches Together in Wetherby spokesman Chris Bishop said that the group has organised a drop-in prayer event at St Joseph’s RC Church, Wetherby from 10am until 7pm tomorrow (Friday). “Anyone is welcome to join in with that at any time,” he said.

Boston Spa Parish Council flew its flag at half mast as a mark of respect on Tuesday.

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