Lord Mayor of Chester sends city's condolences to Istanbul

30 June 2016

The Lord Mayor of Chester has written a letter of condolence to the Mayor of Istanbul following a gun and bomb attack at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.

Councillor Angela Claydon has written to Mr Kadir Topbas on behalf of the city of Chester to express sympathy and solidarity with Istanbul following the attacks on Tuesday evening, which killed 36 people and injured more than 140 others.

A Book of Condolence has been opened at Chester Town Hall and candles lit in memory of those who lost their lives.

In her letter Councillor Claydon writes: "We as a City stand shoulder to shoulder with our neighbours to both confront and ultimately defeat those who would wish to attack our liberty, freedom of expression and our democracies. We show you a decisive stance against terrorism.

"Can I take this opportunity to assure you that we stand in solidarity with the people of Istanbul and other 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 in your city to justice. This was a cowardly attack on nothing less than humanity itself.

"Collectively we demonstrate our gratitude to the Turkish emergency services, airport staff and the brave public, including local taxi drivers, who came to the aid of the injured and the dying and who put their own lives at risk to help and save others.

"Our thoughts are with those families in Turkey, and other countries, who have lost family members and friends, or may have loved ones who were injured in the awful events of Monday evening. We wish them strength and courage in the coming days, months and years." Anyone wishing to sign the Book of Condolence can do so between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

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