Multi-faith vigil held in Colchester to remember Paris attack victims
- Credit: Su Anderson
Community faith leaders gathered in Colchester to hold a peace vigil in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
Representatives from the Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Christian communities in the town joined together for the candle-lit event at the war memorial in the High Street on Wednesday evening.
Also present at the commemoration were the parents of Weeley man Nick Alexander, who was killed at the Bataclan music venue by terrorists.
In total there were around 100 people at the service, including Colchester mayor Theresa Higgins.
The event was organised by Jean-Michel Knutsen, a volunteer at Citizens UK, and backed by the Welcome Refugees Colchester group.
You may also want to watch:
Mr Knutsen said: “I am French and on the night of the Paris attacks I felt powerless. I studied there for several years and these were places I knew well.
“In the days after the attacks the political backlash was really strong, and is getting worse with parties using it to fuel hatred.
- 1 'Beautiful inside and out': Tragedy as mum dies 48 hours after giving birth
- 2 'The manager has to impose his will... we'll give him the resources to do that' - Detmer on Cook's transfer funds
- 3 Mum-of-four with 'beautiful soul' dies after collapsing in the street
- 4 FA Youth Cup, semi-final - LIVE: Agbaje header puts Town ahead at half-time against Liverpool
- 5 Steam locomotive back in Suffolk for anniversary trips
- 6 Former judge's widow on trial for sex abuse of young boy in 1980s
- 7 Jeffers set for Ipswich Town coaching role
- 8 Woman taken to hospital after being hit by car
- 9 Stuart Watson's Verdict: Judge Chambers and Skuse's legacy by what their peers said
- 10 More than £23k raised in memory of mum who died 2 days after giving birth
“I thought the best thing to do would be to organise something non-political and invite different church leaders together to show they are not afraid and that they enjoy being together, and to say something about all the attacks taking place around the world.
“I have only been living in Colchester for four months but this inter-faith commemoration seemed to be quite new, and those from different religions seems really happy to see each other and to have the chance to chat.
“The commemoration was really vibrant, emotional, and we all spent a really nice moment together.”