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South Tyneside falls silent to remember the Paris terror attack victims

Members of staff fall silent to pay their respects Credit: South Tyneside Council

Staff from town halls in South Tyneside fell silent at 11am as a mark of respect to the people of Paris following Friday nights terror attacks.

Staff left their desks to stand in reflection at both Jarrow and South Shields Town Halls where both the Union Jack and the Tricolour were flown at half mast.

UK and French flags at half mast Credit: South Tyneside Council

“Our thoughts are with the people of France at this tragic time and we felt it important to stand in solidarity with them.

“An attack on the citizens of any country in Europe is an attack on us all, and indeed, is an outrage against humanity.”

“The town of Jarrow this year celebrated 50 years of town twinning with Epinay-sur Seine in the northern suburbs of Paris and Hebburn is also twinned with Noisy-le-Sec. Our close links with the French capital mean that the tragic events of the weekend will be felt particularly strongly by the residents of the Borough.

“I will be writing to both our twin towns to express our sorrow and solidarity with the French people.”

– The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse
A moments silence for Paris terror attack victims Credit: South Tyneside Council


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'I have rarely experienced such kindness and love'

A supermarket manager from County Durham has spoken of her shock after arriving in Paris on Friday night. Clara Widdison told ITV News Tyne Tees she was on the train on her way from Marrakech to London. The 27 year old had a hotel booked in the city centre before her planned Eurostar journey on Saturday morning.

"I couldn't make it to my hotel since I wasn't able to travel into the centre of the city, and there were no taxis or metros available, stranding me somewhat late at night. There were many people who helped me, from translating for me, trying to book me a taxi, taking me to a ATM, buying me a beer, walking with me around the streets, and finally to a friend who cycled through the city to find me at 2am to take me home. I have rarely experienced such kindness and love."

– Clara Widdison

"It was shocking and devastating to arrive into Paris on Friday night as the attacks were taking place, and my heart goes out to both the people affected directly as well as the residents of Paris who have to find a way to heal in the face of such tragedy. My experience was an outpouring of love and kindness from strangers and friends as we all navigated the situation together. As I left on Saturday, it seemed to me that I was leaving a stronger and more united city."

– Clara Widdison
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