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Sunderland Penshaw Monument to light up in solidarity

Penshaw Monument is to be lit up in red, white and blue to show solidarity with people in Manchester. Photo: Owen Humphreys

Penshaw Monument in Sunderland will be lit up red, white and blue tonight to show solidarity with people in Manchester.

It will remain lit in the colours of the union flag until Sunday.

As well as this, the Magistrates' Court building, which is located in Keel Square in the city centre will also be lit in the same colours.

At the Civic Centre, the flag is being flown at half mask in respect of those who have died and are injured following last night's terror attack.

This was a dreadful attack which is all the more sickening because it was targeted at innocent children and young people.

"Our thoughts and our prayers go out to all those caught up in this devastating tragedy and their family and friends.

"It is right and fitting that as a city we show solidarity with the people of Manchester as they come to terms with this cowardly assault.

"It's important too that we pay tribute to the emergency services who worked so tirelessly to rescue and treat those who were caught up in the attack.

"I'd like to salute the people of Manchester who have shown such an inspiring community spirit in the face of this act of terrorism and I know the people of Sunderland will join me in sending our sympathies to them."

– Paul Watson, Sunderland City Council