THE FORMER deputy leader of Thurrock Council was caught up in the horror of the Nice tragedy on Thursday night.
Speaking to YT from her hotel room in Nice, Chafford Hundred resident Val Morris-Cook described the horror that saw 84 people die at the hands of a terrorist who used a lorry to drive 2km down the main plaza.
Val and her sister, Hilary visit Nice every year and were staying at a hotel just yards for the scene of the terrorist outrage.
A ten minute interview with Val is below.
Val said: "It was just a nightmare. We were having a Bastille day meal at our hotel when suddenly we could hear noise that sounded like gunfire.
"We were told get inside, get inside."
"We were all ushered to a safe area near the kitchens….the hotel staff were very calm in what were nightmarish conditions.
Val, who was the Labour candidate for Essex police and crime commissioner in 2012, has pledged to stay in Nice with her sister, Hilary, until the end of her holiday.
Val concluded: "We cannot let these people beat us."