Walsingham shrine bell to toll in memory of Tunisian terror attack victims

People, some displaying a Tunisian flag, stand in silence next to flowers during a gathering at the scene of the attack in Sousse, Tunisia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. The Friday attack on tourists at a beach is expected to be a huge blow to Tunisia's tourism sector, which made up nearly 15 percent of the country's gross domestic product in 2014. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar) EMN-150628-171936005
People, some displaying a Tunisian flag, stand in silence next to flowers during a gathering at the scene of the attack in Sousse, Tunisia, Sunday, June 28, 2015. The Friday attack on tourists at a beach is expected to be a huge blow to Tunisia's tourism sector, which made up nearly 15 percent of the country's gross domestic product in 2014. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar) EMN-150628-171936005

Officials at the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham have this morning announced plans to honour the victims of the Tunisian terror attacks during nationwide commemorations on Friday.

The shrine’s bell will be tolled 38 times, once for each of the people killed in last week’s atrocity, following a minute’s silence at noon on Friday.

The shrine’s administrator, Bishop Lindsay Urwin, said: “Many of us feel powerless and at a loss to know what to do as the extent of the inability of some to share the same world or to tolerate difference seems to grow.

“It is so hard to understand how some are driven to such unspeakable violence.

“But we must believe that somehow prayer which leads to an increase of love is at the heart of the solution. Pray on Friday; pray with love in your heart.”

The shrine’s bell is traditionally rung every day at noon, but officials said staff had decided to take part in the commemorations following prime minister David Cameron’s announcement of the silence on Monday.

Earlier this week, holidaymakers from West Norfolk told of their terror at being caught up in the attacks on the resort of Sousse.

Angela Evans, said she and her friend pretended to be dead during the rampage.

And Len and Pam Plain described how they ran into their hotel for cover during the shootings.