Wellingborough pays tribute to Manchester attack victims

People at the tribute.
People at the tribute.

About 150 people attended a vigil in Wellingborough to pay tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

The vigil on Friday (May 26) outside the Hind Hotel was organised by the Wellingborough Inter Faith Group whose chairman, Shashi Dholakia, welcomed the crowd and gave a tribute on behalf of the group, which is open to people of all faiths and none.  

People at the tribute.

People at the tribute.

This was followed by a tribute from the mayor, Cllr Paul Bell, before a contribution from the three largest faith communities in Wellingborough.

Islam was represented by Mohi Choudhury and Razzak Quazi, Hinduism was represented by Bhavdresh Trivedi and Christianity was represented by Rev Martha McInnes who then read out the names of the 22 victims who died.

This was followed by a moving prayer for the dead sung by the Imam, Abdul Malik, and a period of silence.  

Cynthia Bailey, secretary of the Inter Faith Group, said: “There was to have been the lighting of candles as part of the vigil but the breeze did not allow for that.

People at the tribute.

People at the tribute.

“However a few people did bring flowers which were laid on the earth surrounding the tree.”