Penshaw Monument is lit in the colour of Belgium's flag in show of support following terror attacks

Wearside's Penshaw Monument has been transformed this evening as a mark of solidarity in the wake of today's terrorist attacks in Belgium.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 8:22 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 9:12 pm
Penshaw Monument is lit up in the colours of Belgium's flag this evening.

The landmark was lit in Belgium's colours as dusk fell, painting it black, yellow and red to represent the Belgian tri-color national flag.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson said: "It has been truly shocking to watch the events unfolding in Brussels today.

This photo was taken by reader Liam McCormick.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the explosions and with the emergency services who worked so tirelessly to rescue them.

"As part of the International community it is important that Sunderland shows its sympathy and continuing support to all those in Belgium and across the world affected by these terrible attacks.

"We hope that lighting up one of our most iconic landmarks the Penshaw Monument will help symbolise that support, and provide a focal point for people’s tributes to those in Brussels."

The flag at Sunderland Civic Centre has also been flying at half-mast today.

Natalie Stephenson shared this photograph of this evening's scene.
Kieron Halley sent us this photo of tonight's tribute.
The monument tonight from a distance.
This photo was taken by Craig Wallace who said: "Lovely tribute for the victims of the attacks in Belgium today, Penshaw monument lit up."
Another of Craig Wallace's photographs.
Kieron Halley also shared this image.
Mark Matthews captured this shot, showing the lights beaming the colours against the stonework of the monument.
Lynn Ramsey caught this image tonight, showing figures silhouetted against the sky at the foot of the monument.
This close-up shot was shared by reader Gemma Salt.
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson.
This photo was taken by reader Liam McCormick.
Natalie Stephenson shared this photograph of this evening's scene.
Kieron Halley sent us this photo of tonight's tribute.
The monument tonight from a distance.
This photo was taken by Craig Wallace who said: "Lovely tribute for the victims of the attacks in Belgium today, Penshaw monument lit up."
Another of Craig Wallace's photographs.
Kieron Halley also shared this image.
Mark Matthews captured this shot, showing the lights beaming the colours against the stonework of the monument.
Lynn Ramsey caught this image tonight, showing figures silhouetted against the sky at the foot of the monument.
This close-up shot was shared by reader Gemma Salt.
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson.