King’s Lynn pays tribute to victims of Paris terror atrocities

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The victims of last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris have been remembered in the heart of Lynn.

A total of 129 people were killed in a series of co-ordinated shootings and explosions around the French capital and more than 200 remain in hospital.

Throughout this week, the French flag has been projected onto the side of the TSB building in Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place to honour the victims.

The blue, white and red of the tricolore has also been displayed at the front of the Corn Exchange on the other side of the square.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council’s cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said the tributes had been made following a request from the authority’s leader, Nick Daubney.

She said: “We felt it was important to stand with the rest of the country and remember those who were killed on Friday.

“You just can’t help feel for those people. Most of us have been to Paris at some time in our lives and we feel we have that connection.

“People have been so supportive. They feel it’s great that we are remembering those people.”

She added that the blue, white and red lights on the Corn Exchange, which had been in place since the summer, had been due to be switched off before the attacks happened.

The projections will remain in place until Saturday, after which they will make way for a series of new displays designed to coincide with Lynn’s Christmas lights switch-on on Sunday afternoon.

West Norfolk has developed strong cultural connections with France in recent years through its artistic partnership with the town of Amiens

Mrs Nockolds said some of the artists involved in the project lived just outside Paris and the atrocities had been a sobering reminder of how close the two areas are geographically.

She said: “I was always impressed when they were saying they had caught a train in Paris at seven in the morning and were in King’s Lynn by midday.”