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Cllr Alex Black
Lord Mayor of Chester
Letter to the Mayor of Strasbourg
Dear Mayor of Strasbourg, Roland Ries
Can I on behalf of the City of Chester, express our sympathy and extend our sincere condolences to all the victims and those caught up by the tragic incident that occurred at your busy and popular Christmas Markets in Strasbourg on the evening of 12 December 2018. This was an awful evening for your city and for your country, especially as people were out preparing to celebrate Christmas.
It is with sadness that I write and express the deepest condolences on behalf of the City of Chester to the people of Strasbourg. In Chester, we too have our own Christmas Markets where people from across our community come together to celebrate the festive season. Such markets, like ours,are often frequented by families and it saddens me to think that such an incident could occur where innocent people, including children, were out enjoying themselves. Our thoughts go out to those injured and we wish them a full and speedy recovery.
The City of Chester is united with you in your grief and in your Country’s determination to stop terrorism and criminal attacks. We as a City, and a Nation,will stand shoulder to shoulder with our friends and neighbours in France.
A final note to add that we would like to extend our thanks to the French emergency services and the individuals who came to the aid of those affected.
With deepest condolences
Councillor Alex Black Lord Mayor of Chester