Peterborough falls silent to remember victims of Paris attacks

The minute silence in Cathedral Square

The minute silence in Cathedral Square

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Peterborough fell silent today to remember victims of the terrorist attacks in France.

City dignitaries were joined by dozens of people for the silence at 11am today (Monday) in Cathedral Square. The silence was observed across Europe following the Friday night attacks in Paris which saw 129 people killed.

The candle in Peterborough Cathedral

The candle in Peterborough Cathedral

Workers stopped work and stood in the street to mark the silence.

Mayor of Peterborough, cllr John Peach, said: “I’d like to welcome you all here this morning as we come together as a city to pay our respects. The terrible events that took place in Paris on Friday resulted in 129 people losing their lives and dozens left seriously injured.

“Our thoughts and prayers must go to the French people and those of other nationalities, including several British citizens caught up in this terrible attack.

“Countries across Europe and other cities around the world are falling silent to show their support for the French nation and in honour of those who tragically lost their lives.”

The flag above Peterborough Town Hall is also being flown at half mast today.

A candle was lit in Peterborough Cathedral, and prayers said for the victims on Saturday.