Croydon “stood shoulder to shoulder” with London to remember those who lost their lives in the Westminster terrorist attack last week.
The Mayor of Croydon and councillors were joined by the borough’s faith and community leaders at a ceremony at the Town Hall on Wednesday.
In Westminster, young people from Croydon’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) joined hundreds of other members of the association in holding banners carrying messages such as “love for all, hatred for none” and “Muslims for humanity”.
They joined thousands of people walking in remembrance of the four victims, PC Keith Palmer, Kurt Cochran, Aysha Frade and Leslie Rhodes, a former window cleaner in Croydon.
In Croydon’s Town Hall, the ceremony began with a minute’s silence to remember those who lost their lives or were injured in the attack and was followed by the raising of the civic flag, from half to full mast.
Speeches were given by The Mayor of Croydon Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Councillor Alison Butler, the Bishop of Croydon the Rt Revd Jonathan Clark and chair of the Asian Resource Centre and member of the Muslim Association of Croydon Ashtaq Arain.
Councillor Hamida Ali, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, said: “After last week’s tragic events, we wanted to pause to reflect and remember those who lost their lives, or lost loved ones.
“We also wanted to take the opportunity to thank our emergency services for the work they do to keep us safe.
“Croydon is a diverse and vibrant community.
“We are proud of our differences, we celebrate them and stand shoulder to shoulder with the rest of London in condemning all hate crimes and acts of terror.”