The new Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Coun Anne Jones, has urged the district to stand together and be vigilant in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.
Speaking to the Advertiser, the Mayor said: “This is such a tragic loss of young life. When you hear that a child as young as eight-years-old has lost their life, there are no words, and you just can’t imagine the grief those families are going through.
“I just hope that they can take some solace from the way Manchester presented itself and united in their grief.
“My heart goes out to my Lancashire homeland.
“Locally, we have held vigils for quiet reflection to show that we are thinking of everyone who has been affected.
“I am sure that there are many families who are now tucking their little ones into bed that little bit tighter and giving them an extra kiss.
“We all have a duty of care, and we must be vigilant. One of the messages from Andy Burnham is that people should be strong and go about their normal business without fear.
“We must all pull together as a district and show that only love can conquer hate, and that through all of the sadness we will be strong.
“We have been touched by what has happened here in Harrogate. People from our area attended the concert. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected. My heart is filled with sadness.”
The Mayor is writing to Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, to show solidarity with the city.