Reading has opened its own Book of Condolence for the victims of Monday’s attack in Manchester.
Reading’s out-going Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Ayub, was the first to sign the book at a meeting of Reading Borough Council’s Annual General Meeting at the Town hall last night (May 24th). The second signatory was Reading’s incoming Mayor, Cllr Rose Williams.
The Book of Condolence has this morning been moved to the reception area of the Council’s Civic Offices, in Bridge Street, for Reading residents to add their own thoughts.
The flag outside the Civic Offices has flown at half-mast all week as a sign of solidarity with Manchester. A minutes silence was also held at the Mayor making ceremony last night to remember those killed and injured.
Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Mohammed Ayub, said:
“This week’s horrific events have touched everyone and Reading stands side by side with Manchester in solidarity. As out-going Mayor I was the first to sign the Book of Condolence yesterday evening, and I hope many more Reading residents will follow suit and visit the Civic Offices over the coming days to share their thoughts and feelings in Reading’s own mark of respect for those who lost their lives this week, those injured and their families.”
Reading Mayor Cllr Rose Williams also led a minute’s silence outside the Civic Offices in Bridge Street on May 25.