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City in silent mark of respect

THE people of Chester will today be asked to join in three minutes of silence to remember those who have died or are suffering following the terrorist attacks in the USA.

THE people of Chester will today be asked to join in three minutes of silence to remember those who have died or are suffering following the terrorist attacks in the USA.

Chester City Council has arranged for a siren to be sounded from the town hall at the start and end of the three minutes which begin at 11am today.

Cabinet leader John Price said: 'I hope the people of Chester will join us in this mark of respect for the victims.'

Most shops in Chester have asked their staff to take part in the silence which will be reflected across Britain.

All Chester city centre churches will be responding to the events in the USA by setting today aside for a day of mourning.

They will join together at Chester Cathedral, which will be open as normal from 8am to 6.30pm, where there will be a time of prayer every half hour throughout the day, culminating in a service of Holy Communion at 5.30pm.

All are welcome to visit the Cathedral during the day and to the 5.30pm Holy Communion.

* A SPECIAL candle has been lit at Chester Cathedral for people and tourists who wish to pray for the victims of the American terrorist attack.

Head verger Rodney Duncalf said: 'We have had some American tourists coming to the Cathedral to say prayers.

'It has been very quiet here although we have had lots of people coming in. We have lit a special candle and cards with prayers on for people.

'One or two people have been upset and in tears. A lot of people are worried about their accommodation in Chester as they have only been allocated a room for a certain amount of time.'

* CHESTER has a twin town named Chester in Connecticut, USA, which is just an hour's drive from Tuesday's terrorist outrage in New York.

Bob Clough-Parker, secretary of Chester Chamber of Trade and Commerce, first forged the links when he visited Chester, USA, in 1986 as chairman of the People to People organisation.

Mr Clough-Parker said: 'I have been in touch by e-mail with contacts and colleagues out there including their equivalent of mayor called First Selectman Martin Heft just to pass on our thoughts and good wishes to everyone in the Chester, Connecticut area.'

Mr Clough-Parker, who lives in Boughton, has been a frequent visitor to New York over the past 20 years and knows the business district well.

He added: 'Chester is only an hour's drive away from New York. Lots of people commute by train or car.'

Former US president Dwight D. Eisenhower set up the People to People organisation as a way of building friendships between nations. It was through this body that Chester developed a link with Lakewood, Colorado, and later Chester, Connecticut, because of the name, because it was relatively accessible being on the eastern seaboard and many people on that coast can trace their ancestory back to England.

* A SENIOR judge in Chester has passed on his deepest sympathies to the people of America.

Judge Elgan Edwards, Honorary Recorder of Chester, said it had reminded people in Cheshire of their own bombing tragedy in Warrington.

Sitting in Chester Crown Court Number 1, he led a minute's silence out of respect for the hundreds who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attack.

He added: 'I sent my deepest sympathies to the US Ambassador in London, particularly because we have some local knowledge of this type of devastation because of the Warrington bombing.'

* STRANDED in Las Vegas are Janet Graham, 50, of Whitby, and her mother Doreen Fenwick, 72, of Little Sutton.

They went for a week's holiday that they have been looking forward to for a long time and were due to fly home via Chicago on the day of the bombing.

Husband Derek, 53, a Chronicle Newspapers electrician based in Chester, said yesterday: 'I am anxious. Even when they do eventually fly home, it is still going to be a long journey home for them.'

Derek has spoken to his wife who has had enough and wants to get home.

They are also concerned about whether their insurance company will cover the extra hotel and other costs that have been unavoidably incurred.


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