More than 150 attend Wellingborough vigil for Orlando massacre and Jo Cox killing

The vigil in Wellingborough.
The vigil in Wellingborough.

More than 150 people attended a vigil in Wellingborough for the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre and the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox.

For the first time in the town’s history the Rainbow flag, the symbol of LGBT communities across the world, flew proudly over the town square.

Those who attended the vigil included the mayor, Malcolm Waters, the leader of the council, Martin Griffiths, and the leader of the opposition, Andrew Scarborough.

All the dignitaries addressed the crowd with statements of support, with moving contributions from councillors Andrea and Kevin Watts on behalf of vigil organisers the Wellingborough LBGT Alliance.

One of the event organisers, Marion Turner-Hawes, said: “It was a profoundly moving evening not least because so many people from across our area came out to stand with us in solidarity.

“Because the mayor and the leading community officials joined us, along with the rainbow flag flying at half mast, this sends such a powerful message that we will not allow acts of hatred like this to go unchallenged.

“As well as all present joining in a minutes silence and lighting candles for those that lost their lives, the attendees also shared in a minutes ‘noise’ to celebrate the vibrance of all our communities as well as the LGBT community.”

Cllr Kevin Watts said it was a wonderful and heart warming event celebrating our compassion and humanity.

He said: “It was amazing to see the rainbow flag flying in our town and to see so many people queueing to sign the book of condolence which we will be sending to the families in Orlando.”

A gunman killed 49 people and injured 53 others after taking hostages at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.