Sunderland fell silent yesterday as the victims of the Tunisian terror attack were remembered.
Across the city, people observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the 38 people killed in the holiday resort of Sousse last week.
Staff and shoppers in the Bridges were among those who stood silent at midday to remember the victims, including 30 Britons, who died when Seifeddine Rezgui opened fire.
“Everyone across the country is still reeling from the horror of this attack,” said Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges.
“And all we can do is come together and observe a minute’s silence for those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.
“Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families and we hope that it will be some small comfort that everyone across the UK will be remembering them.”
There was a poignant moment for one Peterlee family caught up in the attack as they observed the minute’s silence back home in their garden.
Andrea Scott, 43, was joined by her son Jonny, 15, daughter Becky 17, and Becky’s boyfriend Owen Lucas, 18.
The family hid in their bathroom in the Bellevue Park hotel for five hours to escape the gunman. after running for their lives when they heard shots fired.
Elsewhere, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh observed the silence as they visited the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre.
Prime Minister David Cameron marked the moment in his Oxfordshire constituency.