Condolences from the Mayor of St Contest

Dear Chairman,

I would like to extend my heartfelt and deepest sympathies to you all in the wake of the tragic and senseless terrorist attack on Manchester last night.

It is difficult to find the right words on such a traumatic occasion, but I wanted to write to let you know that the thoughts of our community are with you, our twinned community, as well as with all your compatriots in Great Britain, at this difficult time.

In particular, we think of the victims, their families and friends, whose lives will never be the same again.

It is in such moments that  the warm connections across cultures and borders, such as those between our community and yours, come to mean so much and we stand with you in your pain.

With my best regards

Stéphanie Yon-Courtin
Mayor of Saint-Contest

Reply from MPC Chairman Cllr Fred White:

Dear Stephanie.

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful email. Some of our friends from Marchwood are in Saint –Contest this weekend so I have arranged for my reply to be delivered to you personally.

Just as it is in France this is a difficult time for our nation. We think of the slaughter of the innocent and man’s inhumanity to man. Why did he choose to target the young?

At 11.00 am today, Thursday, as a nation we will take a minute to stand and contemplate and as you have rightly commented, consider the victims, their families and those whose lives will never be the same again.

But from sadness often is born hope. It is that which unites us as friends and nations and specifically communities, we should not despair. We are twinned in grief but always in hope!

With my best wishes 

Fred White


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