On Saturday people came together in Bolton town centre to remember the victims of Christchurch.

The vigil was organised by Bolton’s Faith Leaders Forum to show sympathy and support to the people of New Zealand and to demonstrate our community’s opposition to violence and hatred.

Bolton’s Faith Leaders Forum is made up of a number of organisations including Bolton Council of Mosques, Hindu Forum, Bolton Christian Community Cohesion and Bolton Interfaith Council, and they brought together a wide range of representatives of different faiths and community leaders to participate.

I was pleased to see so many people in the town centre for the event, and more joined when they saw what was happening. It was peaceful, respectful and moving.

Our world should have no place for the despicable acts that we saw in Christchurch, and at Manchester Arena less than two years ago.

Bolton stands in solidarity against violence and hatred.

A minutes silence

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