Lord Mayor of Chester writes to Mayor of Brussels to express condolences
24 March 2016The Lord Mayor, Councillor Hugo Deynem, has written to the Mayor of Brussels, expressing the condolences of the people of Chester after 31 people died and more than 300 were injured on Tuesday.
A Book of Condolence has been opened in the Town Hall and anyone wishing to sign it can do so between 9am and 4.30pm Monday – Friday. Candles have also been lit in memorial of those affected in the attacks.
Flags are flying at half-mast at all Cheshire West and Chester Council buildings and at the Town Hall.
A minute’s silence was observed at 11am yesterday (Wednesday) by all Council staff in memory of those who died.
In the letter to, the Mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, Councillor Deynem writes: ‘Can I, on behalf of the City of Chester, express our deepest sympathy and extend our sincere condolences to all those affected by the heinous attacks that took place in your city on Tuesday 22 March.
‘We as a City stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends and neighbours to both confront and ultimately defeat those who would wish to attack our liberty, freedom of expression and our democracies.
‘Can I take this opportunity to assure you that we join in solidarity, with the people of Brussels and other European cities affected by recent terrorist attacks, in supporting all reasonable efforts that may be available and utilised to bring those who planned, supported and perpetrated this egregious act of aggression, on so many innocent people, to justice as swiftly as is possible. This was an attack on nothing less than humanity itself.
‘Books of Condolences have been opened in Chester Town Hall today and candles have been lit in memory of those who lost their lives on Tuesday morning.
‘Collectively we demonstrate our gratitude to the Belgian emergency services, the military and the brave public who came to the aid of the injured and who put their own lives at risk to help and save others.
‘Our thoughts are with those families in Belgium, and other countries, who have lost family members and friends, or may have loved ones who were injured in the events of Tuesday morning.
‘With deepest condolences.’