Hastings falls silent for Paris victims

The one minute's silence
The one minute's silence

A one minute’s silence was held this morning (Monday, November 16) in memory of the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Councillors, residents and other dignitaries stood in silent reflection at 11am following the tragedy that struck the heart of the French capital on Friday (November 13).

Mayor Bruce Dowling led a civic parade before the minute's silence

Mayor Bruce Dowling led a civic parade before the minute's silence

Mayor Bruce Dowling led a civic party from the town hall at around 10.55am to observe the silence in Queen’s Square, Priory Meadow.

This morning’s mark of respect was part of a similar event which took place across Europe.

All government buildings observed the minute’s silence, including Hastings Borough Council and East Sussex County Council.

The French flag is also flying at half-mast today at the town hall.

Councillor Dowling said: “Hastings is a very multicultural town and we are proud of our diversity. It was only right that we should show solidarity with our friends in Paris at this dreadful time.

“We are also very pleased to fly the French flag at half-mast today.”

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