Council remembers Paris terrorist attack victims with one minute silence

Wakefield Town Hall clock tower lit up in red,white and blue after the Paris terrorist attacks. Picture Scott Merrylees
Wakefield Town Hall clock tower lit up in red,white and blue after the Paris terrorist attacks. Picture Scott Merrylees

Councillors in Wakefield stood for a minute in respectful silence for the victims of the Paris atrocities last Friday.

The Mayor Coun June Cliffe called for the silence at the start of the meeting of full council.

Wakefield Council has already shown its respects by taking part in the Europe-wide silence on Monday and lighting up Wakefield Town Hall clocktower in the colours of the French flag.

Coun Peter Box, Leader of the Council, told the meeting that a letter signed by all 22 leaders of the councils in Yorkshire and Humber had been sent to Paris, expressing condolences at the dreadful events of last Friday evening.

He said: “No words can express the horror of the scenes on our TV screens over the last few days. We are as tolerant society, a tolerant district. Creating intolerance and hatred is the purpose of terrorism.

“Terrorists have bullets and bombs. We have tolerance. In the end we will win.”

Coun Nadeem Ahmed, Leader of the Conservative Group on the Council, said: “The people carrying out these acts do not represent any faith – they are terrorists. People died because others decided their lives were not important. It needs to be dealt with and stopped so we can all go about our lives peacefully.”