Sheffield remembers Tunisia victims

The Peace Gardens during the minutes silence
The Peace Gardens during the minutes silence
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Sheffield stopped and remembered the victims of the Tunisian gun massacre earlier today at noon.

Staff and customers at Thomson travel agents on Pinstone Street in the city centre, paid their respects and held a minutes silence.

All 30 of the British victims had booked through Thomson and First Choice Holidays.

A spokesperson for the firm said: “The whole company would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of those involved in this tragic event.

“Our main focus now is to ensure the families of the deceased and our customers who have been injured receive all possible support at this incredibly difficult time.

“Everyone at Thomson and First Choice is absolutely devastated by the tragic loss of life and terrible pain that this incident has caused.

The poster in Thomsons window

The poster in Thomsons window

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff in Tunisia, in the air and here in the UK as well as the Tunisian emergency services and authorities for their incredible efforts, in very difficult circumstances, over the last week.”

Sheffield City Council staff also stopped what they were doing and bowed their heads in memory of the victims.

Town Hall chiefs also flew the Union Jack at half-mast.

Sheffield couple Julie and Tony Spafford, of Hemsworth Road in Norton were caught up terror attack.

Thomson travel agents on Pinstone Street, Sheffield city centre.

Thomson travel agents on Pinstone Street, Sheffield city centre.

Julie spoke of how she ‘looked the terrorist in the face’ while the carnage took place - they returned safely to Sheffield last Saturday.

The British victims were among 38 holidaymakers who were killed by Seifeddine Rezgui when he opened fire in the resort of Sousse.

Three Irish nationals, two Germans, one Belgian, one Portuguese and one Russian were among the dead.