Traders and councillors pay respects

TRADERS and councillors in Birstall paid their respects to MP Jo Cox, led by Chamber of Trade chairman Anne Thompson.

She posted on Facebook on Thursday: “There is a profound sense of shock in this village today. Birstall has lost a friend in the most unimaginable way. Jo Cox was a fine MP but above all she was a fine human being and we should all give thanks for a life so very well lived.”

Natalie Tai, of the Powder Room on Low Lane, posted: “We are all deeply saddened here in Birstall, watching the news and seeing it all unfold in front of our own eyes this afternoon.

“Jo Cox made a lasting impression on my boy as he met her personally at school and in London in Parliament on the school trip.

“Our thoughts are with her family and children today and I fear for the future of my own at this controversial time as horrible things continue to happen all over the world.

“Let’s try to make it a better place together, it shouldn’t be this hard.”

Some shops, including New Brooklyn Dental Care, were closed as a mark of respect last Friday.

The library remained shut for most of the week, but opened as a polling station for the EU referendum yesterday (Thursday).

At the Wellbeing Centre on Gelderd Road there was a memorial service for Mrs Cox on Wednesday.

Rebecca Walker posted on Facebook: “Through our tears, this terrible event brought not only our nation together, but the entire world. Segregation stopped and true humanity was our guiding light.”

Yesterday at 12.50pm there was a service in Birstall Market Place called Standing Together in Birstall to mark a week on since the tragedy.

It was led by St Peter’s Church, which attracted a crowd of 400 people to a memorial last Friday.

Kirklees councillors Robert Light, Liz Smaje and Andrew Palfreeman also paid tribute. In a joint statement they said: “Such an attack could have happened to any MP or elected public servant anywhere in the country, but it is obviously a source of great sadness that this savage attack occurred in our ward and indeed in the peaceful and busy village of Birstall.

“We are sure that local residents will express their own sadness, but will also pull together in the community.

“We believe that is what Jo would have wanted and as the local ward councillors we will do everything we can to help the community to do so.

“That would be the most fitting tribute that Birstall could make to Jo and her hard work.”

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