Vigil to be held in Wellingborough for victims of Orlando shooting

The vigil starts at 7pm on Tuesday in Wellingborough

The vigil starts at 7pm on Tuesday in Wellingborough

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A vigil is to be held in Wellingborough in memory of those killed in the Orlando club shooting.

Members of Wellingborough LGBT Alliance are inviting people to join them on Tuesday, June 21, as they show their support and solidarity for those involved and affected by the mass shooting in America.

People are asked to assemble at 6.45pm for a 7pm start around the tree by the Five Wells mosaic in Market Street between Castello Lounge and the Hind Hotel.

A statement from Wellingborough LGBT Alliance said: “Following the terrible events at the Pulse Gay Club in Orlando, USA, over the weekend the local LGBT community are holding a vigil to stand with our sisters and brothers who died or were injured following this horrendous attack.

“The vigil will also celebrate the richness and diversity of our communities locally and the contributions made by many, including LGBT plus people, within our society.”

The mayor and mayoress of Wellingborough Malcolm and Veronica Waters will be there as well as Wellingborough Council leader Martin Griffiths and other officers and members of the council.

The vigil will start with an address followed by the lighting of candles and a one-minute silence for the victims.

There will also be several minutes of ‘noise’ to celebrate the lives of the people lost and the richness of the LGBT and all communities in and around Wellingborough.

Anyone attending the vigil is invited to bring whistles and rattles to make some noise as well as rainbow flags to fly.

It is expected that the vigil will finish by 8pm, and there are plans to open a book of condolence for people to sign.

Castello Lounge will be making a space available for people to go to after the vigil.

The Wellingborough LGBT Alliance statement added: “We hope many people will come out to lend their support and show solidarity with the LGBT community and to support all the people that feel personally affected by this terrible tragedy.”