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Preston holds candlelit vigil in memory of those killed in Paris attacks

Posted on - 17th November, 2015 - 9:50pm | Author - | Posted in - Events, Photos, Preston City Centre, UCLan
Preston's Paris vigil by Jessica Flynn

Preston’s Paris vigil. by: Jessica Flynn

There was a candlelit vigil this evening held in memory of those who have been killed in Paris attacks over the weekend.

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Over 100 people came to the Flag Market to show their support to those who lost their lives and for their families and loved ones. 

Some came with the French Flag painted on their face and lips, along with the peace symbol to highlight their respect.

The Paris vigil at the Flag Market by Henna Sheth

The Paris vigil at the Flag Market. by: Henna Sheth

Julie Geoffrey, who is the organiser of this event, was born east of Paris and it was only recently in September when she last visited her family.

She has lived in Preston for over 12 years and on Saturday Julie noticed groups of students having the French flag painted on their face whilst being in the city centre. It was then she approached them about organising this event

“I have family and friends back over in France, so when the attacks happened I immediately tried getting into contact with them.  

“I find it devastating that there has been attacks because you don’t expect them and it could have happened anywhere.

“You just no longer feel safe anywhere anymore. I am so thankful for all the support from everyone, it’s been amazing”

Showing respect at the Flag Market by Henna Sheth

Showing respect at the Flag Market. by: Henna Sheth

Further tributes were paid at the Flag Market:

“France used to be this lovely place to go on holiday and now no one wishes to go because of fear”

“I think it’s devastating for France and all those families who are still asking questions about their loved ones, I hope they get the support they need and reassurance”

Preston's Paris vigil by Jessica Flynn

Preston’s Paris vigil. by: Jessica Flynn

“I think this event has been a beautiful way of showing support and to honour those who have lost their lives over the weekend”

“It’s been very inspiring and moving being here tonight”

“Pray for Paris”

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