North East landmark to be lit in French national flag colours following terrorist attack

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
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Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit in the colours of the French tricolour following the terrorist attack in Nice which has claimed more than 80 lives.

A lorry hit crowds who had gathered to celebrate the French national day in the Mediterranean city on Thursday night.

A spokesman confirmed that the Tyneside landmark will be lit red, white and blue on Friday.

He said: "Gateshead Council has been asked if will agree to illuminate the Gateshead Millennium Bridge tonight in the colours of the French tricolour, as a mark of respect and remembrance for those who died in last night’s terrorist attack in Nice.

"The council is happy to oblige.

"The bridge’s computer-controlled lighting system has now been programmed to project the colours of the French flag onto the 50m high central hoop of the bridge from dusk tonight until around midnight."