Tameside Falls Silent for Paris
Monday 16th November 2015 @ 12:22 by Tom Greggan

Members of Tameside Council stood on the steps of Dukinfield Town Hall and stood in a minute’s silence at 11am today to remember the victims of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

Councillors and council workers stood below the Tricolore and the Union Jack which are flying at half-mast and will continue to do so for the duration of the official period of mourning which ends tomorrow, 17th November.

Tameside Council Executive Leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn spoke of his reaction upon hearing the news. He said: “It was utter horror. I was actually out that evening with old school friends. There was a TV in the back of the bar that we were in and the whole room turned to see what was happening in Paris.

“You couldn’t believe what was unfolding before your eyes in one of the most glorious cities in the world.”

Cllr Quinn also condemned the attackers saying: “These people are trying to attack our way of life. It’s nothing to do with religion, it’s absolutely to do with people who wish to terrorise and brutalise people to stop them enjoying the freedoms and liberties we’ve fought so hard for.

“That’s why I was happy when we were asked to stand on the steps of the Town Hall in a minutes silence because we have to show solidarity with the people of France, we have to show solidarity with the people of Paris to let them know they are not on their own.

“We are hundreds and hundreds of miles from Paris but we can show that that’s a small distance when it comes to humanity.”

Paris: Silence

On Friday, seven coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out by militants, killing 129 people and wounding 350 at busy venues across Paris.

Restaurants, bars, the Stade de France and the Bataclan concert venue were all attacked in a near three hour siege.

The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Vincent Ricci, said he was shocked and appalled by the dreadful events in France.

Six of Tameside’s towns are twinned with French communities and the Mayor said these relationships were forged after the horrors of the Second World War when Europe was being rebuilt as a continent of freedom, prosperity and peace.

He stated: “We, and our French friends, still share those values and we will stand with our friends in defending them against those who would try to destroy our way of life.”

MP for Denton and Reddish Andrew Gwynne added: “The impact of this atrocity has been felt right across our community. We are sharing the grief of our friends across the channel – but we also face the same threat here.

“Life must now go on as normal if the terrorists are not to claim victory. But we must also accept that we cannot shrink away from the world.

“Denton Town Hall proudly flies the flag of France at half mast, and our thoughts are with our friends in our twin town, Montigny le Bretonneux, on the outskirts of Paris.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of all the victims, and to the great nation of France.

“Today we stand with Paris.”