Luton mourns victims of Paris attacks at vigil

The vigil was held on the steps of the Town Hall
The vigil was held on the steps of the Town Hall

Several hundred Lutonians gathered at the Town Hall on Monday to remember those who lost their lives in the Paris attacks.

The town observed a minute’s silence at 11am and at 1.30pm a vigil was held by the Luton Council of Faiths.

In attendance were representatives from the council and police, as well as faith leaders from across the town.

The message was one of solidarity and hope that the atrocities seen in Paris will never again be repeated.

At the time of writing Isis’ attacks on the French capital have claimed at least 129 lives.

Opening Monday’s vigil, Mayor Dave Taylor said: “On behalf of Luton we send our condolences and our sympathies go out to the victims and people of Paris.

“We stand together and our principles are those of France– Liberte, Egalite, Fraternitie.”

St Mary’s Church interfaith worker Peter Adams added: “By gathering like this we are showing the upper hand.

“We will stand together...they won’t win.”

In the aftermath of Friday’s horrors the town’s community leaders were quick to express their disgust.

In a statement the Sunni Council of Mosques and the Luton Council of Mosques denounced the attacks.

The statement read: “This was an indiscriminate attack on the whole of humanity and has touched the lives of us all; regardless of nationality, faith or background.

“Such attacks are designed to polarise communities and turn neighbour against neighbour.

“We are committed to ensuring that they do not achieve their objective.”

A book of condolence for the people of Paris is open to be signed at the Town Hall.