Ripon to hold 'Prayers for Paris' on Market Place

Market Place
Market Place

Ripon will mark one week since the Islamic State (IS) terrorist attacks in Paris with a remembrance service on the Market Place tonight from 8pm.

Last Friday, November 13, three coordinated teams of IS gunmen attacked a concert hall, the Stade de France and restaurants, almost simultaneously, killing at least 129 people.

To mark one week since the attack, Ripon resident Michelle Lofthouse has organise a 'Prayers for Paris' remembrance event on the southern side of the Market Place from 8pm-9pm.

The French and English national anthem will be played during the service with prayers read by Canon Ruth Hind before a two minute silence. The Hornblower will then play to finish the service.

Michelle explained she decided to organise the service after watching the terror attacks unfold on television last Friday and being 'heart-broken' by the news.

She said: "I think each and every one of us were horrified by the news and I just thought, as nothing had been arranged, that the city should be doing something so I decided to get the ball rolling.

"The idea is for people to turn at any time with candles on the square and to honour the victims in any way they want to. They can then stay for the prayers but it's just a way for people to come together.

"It's important for us to show unity and that we here in Ripon are thinking about the tragedy and loss of life.

"I was absolutely devastated when I saw it all unfold. I watched it on the news and stayed up until the early hours and my heart just sank."

Ripon has been twinned with the French town Foix since 1957 so Michelle explained it would be 'fitting' for the city to pay their respects to the victims.