Penshaw Monument in Sunderland to be lit in colours of French flag following Nice terror attack

Iconic Penshaw Monument will tonight be lit red, white and blue as a mark of solidarity following last night's attack in Nice.

Friday, 15th July 2016, 12:11 pm
Updated Friday, 15th July 2016, 1:14 pm
Penshaw Monument.

The monument, which is cared for by the National Trust, is to be lit in the colours of the French flag from dusk this evening and for the next week.

At Sunderland Civic Centre, the flag is flying at half-mast.

Councillor Paul Watson, the Leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "This was a sickening attack on innocent people enjoying a family day out on their country's national day.

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"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy and with the people who worked so tirelessly to rescue them.

"As part of the International community it is important that Sunderland shows its sympathy and support to all those who have been affected.

"We hope that lighting up one of Sunderland's most famous landmarks - Penshaw Monument - helps symbolise support and is a focal point for tributes to those in Nice."

Since the council updated the lights at Penshaw last year, it has also been lit to show solidarity with the people of France and Belgium and Florida following terror attacks.