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People living in Boston, Lincolnshire, have been saying prayers for their namesake city in America, following explosions during the Boston Marathon yesterday which killed three people.
Kate McCann from Leicestershire, whose daughter Madeleine was abducted in Portugal in 2007, has said she will not be deterred by the bombings and intends to run the London Marathon this Sunday.
Tricia Bunn from Tamworth has just returned from running the Boston Marathon. She says those behind the bombings have ruined years of marathon history.
Cllr Colin Brotherton, the Mayor of Boston in Lincolnshire, has sent a letter of condolence to. his counterpart in Boston, Massachusetts. The two communities are twinned and share strong bonds.
Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine was abducted in Portugal in 2007, says she has not been put off competing in the London marathon by the Boston bombings.
She is an ambassador of the Missing People charity and is aiming to raise £20,000 to mark its 20th anniversary.
"This sickening act is just incomprehensible and the loss of life, especially that of a young child, heart-breaking.
"But I feel strongly that you can't live in fear or you don't have a life."
Councillor Colin Brotherton Mayor of Boston has written to the Mayor of Boston MA to express his condolences.
A number of memorial stones are in place outside Boston Stump to commemorate those who travelled from the town to Boston MA. A candle has also been lit inside the church itself as a mark of respect.
A marathon runner who escaped the Boston blasts yesterday has returned to Tamworth and says she will be competing in the London Marathon this weekend.
Tricia Bunn crossed the Boston Marathon finish line moments before the blasts went off.
Dominic Kavanagh is a Clinical Care Patient Advisor for the Midlands at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Many people from the region are running the London marathon to raise money for the charity, but he says he's confident in the country's security services.
“We are devastated by the news from Boston yesterday when death and destruction struck people celebrating a wonderful sporting occasion, having a day of relaxation and enjoyment....
"...Our prayers, at Leicester Cathedral, are with all those injured, those who are bereaved, with the traumatised, those who have died and those who have the responsibility for bringing care and healing to all those affected...."
"....We also pray that those responsible for this outrage will be brought to justice...."
Canon Barry Naylor, Acting Dean of Leicester