THURROCK Council today (Tuesday 23 May) lowered its flags outside the Civic Offices in Grays as a mark of respect and act of solidarity with the people of Manchester after the horrific attack last night.
The Mayor, Cllr Cathy Kent, has written a letter to Mayor Andy Burnham today expressing her condolences and committing our support as a borough to the people of Manchester.
Thurrock Council stands in solidarity alongside the wonderful support services who did everything they could last night to respond to this appalling atrocity.
Dear Mr Mayor
It is with great sadness and heart-break that I write to express my condolences on behalf of Thurrock Council and all residents, following the attack in Manchester late on Monday 22 May.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of those who lost their lives or were injured in the awful attack that took place on that evening, and also send our prayers to the families and friends of those who are still missing.
We watched in horror as the events became known and the impact of such a mindless and appalling attack was discovered. The medical and security teams who attended the scene are to be commended for their bravery and quick action which no doubt prevented further casualties.
We offer any support Thurrock can provide to you in this difficult time.
All Thurrock residents stand with you and the people of Manchester in confronting those who attempt to subvert the values which unite us all.
Councillor Cathy Kent Mayor of Thurrock