Dartford, and Gravesham mayors pay tribute to Manchester terror attack victims

PUBLISHED: 16:31 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:31 23 May 2017

People running through Manchester Victoria  station after an explosion at Manchester Arena. @Zach_bruce/PA Wire

People running through Manchester Victoria station after an explosion at Manchester Arena. @Zach_bruce/PA Wire

The attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena killed 22 people and injured 59

Dartford and Gravesham councillors have paid tribute to the people killed in a terror attack at a pop concert in Manchester last night.

Just minutes after the Ariana Grande concert ended at the Manchester Arena, a bomb was detonated killing 22 people, including children, and injuring a further 59.

A statement on behalf of the mayor of Dartford, Rosanna Currens, and council leader, Jeremy Kite, said: “The events reflect a new depth in the inhumanity of those who simply do not understand the strength and determination we have to stand up for a decent society, to support one another and defend a way of life that depends upon the openness and goodwill, no repression and violence.

“It is heart breaking to think of the pain that sweeps through so many families. As flags fly low over the Civic Centre today we know that all of Dartford is thinking of them and also the endlessly courageous emergency workers and professionals who do so much to protect us.

“Manchester’s first reaction last night was not to meet hatred with hatred but to offer love, support and assistance in overwhelming quantities. From first responders, to stewards and members of the emergency services, who stepped up to provide friendship and compassion in place of chaos.

“The murderers seek to bring division and discontent to a country that is built on unity and strong values.

“On behalf of the people of Dartford we offer our support to Manchester and keep its people in our thoughts.

“Our sympathies are with everyone affected by the events which took place in Manchester last night.”

The mayor of Gravesham, Harold Craske, said: “Our thoughts are with those who have lost lives or been affected by the terrible events in Manchester. Gravesham stands with the family and friends of those lost or affected in the attacks.

“We cannot begin to imagine the grief and pain felt by those who have been involved in this horrific event, but as a mark of respect the Union flag is flying at half-mast at the Civic Centre.

“We should not allow terrorists to change the way we live our lives, but we should continue to be vigilant.”

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