City to pay tribute to Pakistan school victims

The city of Liverpool will remember victims of this week’s Pakistan school tragedy by lowering its flag to half-mast and lighting a memorial candle.

On Friday 19 December, Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson and Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp will be joined by President of the Pakistan association in Liverpool, Mr Sarfraz Ali as they light a memorial candle at Liverpool Town Hall.

Joining them in offering the city’s condolences to the victims’ families will be the young Lord Mayor’s and civic dignitaries including the Lord-Lieutenant.

There will also be a two-minute silence held as a mark of respect before the council’s cabinet meeting on Friday.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “The events in the city of Peshawar this week could not have failed to have an impact on anyone.

“Attacks such as this on innocent victims are difficult to understand and such huge loss of life seems even more tragic at this time of year.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has suffered in this dreadful event and I know the City of Liverpool will join with me in sending our heartfelt sympathies to everyone affected.”

Lord Mayor, Councillor Erica Kemp said: “This is a terrible tragedy and we would like to send a message to all those who have lost a loved one that they are in our thoughts and prayers.

“As both a mother and a former teacher this is an unimaginable horror that you pray will never happen.

“I sincerely hope they find some comfort in knowing they are not alone in their grief.”

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