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Leeds and Otley Vigils show sympathy and solidarity with victims of the Manchester attack including from Leeds and Otley

May 24, 2017 3:15 PM

Vigils were held in Leeds and in Otley to show sympathy and solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester on Monday night and their families, and to show communities standing together in the face of this terrorist atrocity. Greg Mulholland, who has been MP for Leeds North West for the last 12 years, joined the vigils at Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds Minster and Otley Market Place. Prayers were offered for all victims and their families.

Otley Manchester Vigil

The vigil in Otley.

Members of two families from Otley and three generations of a family from Adel were victims of the attack as was a student from Leeds Beckett University. Wendy Fawell, who lives in Otley and Courtney Boyle, a student at Leeds Beckett University and a 14 year old girl from Adel are all missing. The 14 year old girl's mother and grandmother are among the injured and are being treated in hospital, as is Caroline Davis from Otley.

The community in Otley joined family and friends of Wendy and Caroline to show their support for their families in a moving candlelit vigil at the Buttercross attended by the Town Mayor, councillors and local people. At Leeds Minister, the Bishop of Leeds, Rev Nick Baines, was joined by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Leeds City Council leaders and other civic and faith leaders from the city.

Commenting Greg Mulholland said:

"The moving vigils in Leeds and Otley expressed our deepest sympathy as a city and a town to all the victims of the Manchester attack, with some of those victims being people from Leeds and Otley.

"People gathered to show sympathy and solidarity with all the victims of the Manchester attack and also especially to show the support of the local community to the families who have been caught up in this terrible atrocity. It is heartbreaking that amongst the victims is a 14 year old girl from Adel. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and to the families of Wendy Fawell and Courtney Boyle, who are also missing and to the three local women who are receiving treatment for serious injuries.

"It was a very moving vigil in Otley with local people and the Town Mayor and Councillors joining family and friends of Wendy and Caroline. Candles were lit and people sat and stood in silence and reflected and prayed.

"Everyone in the area is united in solidarity with all the families and friends of those affected at this most difficult time and our thoughts and prayers are with them. I know that communities across Leeds, Wharfedale and Aireborough are doing all they can to show support and love and we will stand together and support all these families at this most difficult time."