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Groomsport - Councillor Peter J. Martin

Solidarity with France

Sunday 15th November 2015

On Friday 13th November France witnessed the most barbaric terrorist attacks, with over a hundred people murdered by Islamic Militants in three separate attacks. Whilst we could do little about the situation here in Northern Ireland there was a mood that we should do something to stand with France in their most desperate hour.

Solidarity with France

On Friday 13th November France witnessed the most barbaric terrorist attacks, with over a hundred people murdered by Islamic Militants in three separate attacks. Whilst we could do little about the situation here in Northern Ireland there was a mood that we should do something to stand with France in their most desperate hour.So on Saturday morning I decided that it would be appropriate, in solidarity with those who lost their lives in the Paris terrorist attack, to re–colour our Council buildings that night in colour of the French flag.

Cllr Peter Martin

“This was quite a task in the timeframe as cross party consent was needed quickly and also our Chief Executive was actually in France at the time. I managed to get that cross party support by 2pm but we were unsure whether we could get staff to do this work in time. I decided that I should take the initiative and try to get the blue and red cellophane myself for Bangor Castle. This proved a difficult task as shops in the greater Bangor area didn’t have any, and we had no luck in Belfast either. We even thought of colouring in some cellophane from a florists with red and blue permanent markers! I was then informed by Council staff that the blue colour didn’t show up very well on the castle due to the lighting system and it would be important that the re–colouring was done well which I agreed with. We then managed to get the main Newtownards building re–coloured for that evening. This was great work by our council staff and officers and a powerful symbol which was shared through Social Media across the world. It clearly hit a chord with constituents here also who wanted their political representatives to respond positively and with solidarity to the terrible terrorist attacks in France.”

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