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Town Council write to French twin town re: Charlie Hebdo

Monday, 12 January 2015

Letter to St PolHebden Royd Town Council write to St Pol Sur Ternoise re: Charlie Hebdo

Hebden Royd Town Council have written to their French Twin Town of St Pol Sur Ternoise to express their outrage at the incidents of the 7th January in Paris and to offer their support at this disturbing time.

The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Jonathan Timbers expressed the area's commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of France and its continuing friendship.

Photo: Town Clerk, Jason Boom with the Mayor.

Here's the letter:

Maurice Louf
Mairie de Saint-Pol-Sur- Ternoise
BP 40109
Place de l'Hotel de Ville
Saint Pol-sur-Ternoise

Dear Maurice

On behalf of Hebden Royd Town Council, I wish to express our heartfelt sympathy and solidarity with the French people over the murder of ten staff of Charlie Hebdo and two police officers by 'religious' extremists.

The perpetrators of this atrocity have no regard for human life.  It is utterly wrong that they claim inspiration from Islam, whose culture preserved classical learning and developed scientific inquiry when European civilisation had collapsed.  They are not representative of the modern Islamic community, which has an important role to play in shaping the future of Europe, along with other religious and non-religious people.

Hebden Royd Town Council and the people of the area stand shoulder to shoulder with  French citizens during this disturbing time.

Please accept our very best wishes for the future and continuing friendship.

Yours sincerely

Cllr Jonathan Timbers
Mayor of Hebden Royd Town Council