Hundreds turn out for 'very moving' vigil to remember lives lost in two Jersey tragedies

A service led by the Dean of Jersey, the Very Reverend Mike Keirle, took place at the Town Church. Credit: Government of Jersey

Hundreds of people attended a vigil in Jersey to remember those who lost their lives in two tragedies.

A service led by the Dean of Jersey, the Very Reverend Mike Keirle, took place at the Town Church on Wednesday 14 December.

A friend of one of the victims told ITV News the the service was "very moving" as she left the church on Wednesday evening. Meanwhile others described it as "very sad".

Jersey's Chief Minister, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Dean of Jersey offered words of comfort to those inside and many others who watched online.

The former Bailiff, Sir William Bailhache said "they absolutely hit the right tone".

"It's a mixture isn't it, of enormous sadness and hope for the future, and so the Dean's address to us in particular focussed on that and speaking from his perspective as you'd understand, you're never alone."

It comes after a block of flats was destroyed in an explosion in Jersey's capital in the early hours of Saturday morning and the collision between a fishing boat and a ferry which left three dead on Thursday.

Books of condolence are open at Parish and Public Halls across the island to allow parishioners to convey their thoughts.

  • St Brelade: 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

  • St Clement: 8:15am - 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8:15 - 3:45pm on Friday.

  • Grouville: 8am - 4pm Monday to Friday. Closed Wednesday.

  • St Helier: 9am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday.

  • St John: 9am - 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday. 9am - 7pm Wednesday and 9am - 1pm Thursday.

  • St Lawrence: 9am - 3pm Monday to Friday. Closed Wednesday.

  • St Martin: 8:45am - 1pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. 2pm - 4pm Wednesday and 8:45am - 1pm Friday.

  • St Mary: 9am - 1pm Monday to Friday.

  • St Ouen: 9:30am - 12:30pm Monday to Friday and 2pm - 4pm Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

  • St Peter: 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday.

  • St Saviour: 8.45am - 3:45pm Monday to Friday.

  • Trinity: 9am - 1pm Monday to Friday. 6:30pm - 8:30pm Monday to Friday.

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