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Candlelit Vigil in Pontypridd

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To allow Rhondda Cynon Taf residents to pay their respects to the victims of the Manchester terror attack, the Council and the community held a short vigil in Pontypridd town centre at 6pm yesterday evening.

The vigil took place by the Victorian Fountain on Taff Street, where visitors to Pontypridd started placing candles to pay their respects earlier on in the day.

Following the attack on Manchester, Councillor Margaret Tegg, Mayor of Rhondda Cynon Taf, said:

“At times like these, it is so difficult to find the right words but I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone living, working and staying in our County Borough when I say that our thoughts are very much with the people of Manchester.

“Our prayers and sympathies go to all friends and families of those affected by the atrocities and we are united in our grief for all of those innocent people who lost their lives on what should have been an enjoyable night out.

“As a mark of respect, flags will continue to fly at half mast at the Council’s main buildings across our County Borough as we join with the rest of Wales and the UK at such a tragic time.

“I would like to express my admiration of the Emergency Services who dealt, and continue to deal, with this unfolding situation with such professionalism, bravery and selflessness.

“I am also deeply touched with the overwhelming kindness being shown all around our country to the people of Manchester.