Tonight the Library of Birmingham was lit in the colours of the Belgian flag, in a show of solidarity to the victims of all terror attacks following two bombings in Brussels earlier today (22 March).
The library’s night-time tribute began at 7pm and will continue throughout the night, as a mark of respect following the attacks on Brussels airport and the city’s metro system.
Mark Rogers, chief executive of Birmingham City Council, said: “Following the recent atrocities in Belgium, Turkey and last year’s attacks on Paris, we wanted to show our solidarity with all nations affected by these terrible events.
“Maintenance work on the library meant we could not display the flag’s three colours together, but we were determined to show our solidarity and support – so the Library of Birmingham will pulse in the black, gold and red of Belgium throughout the night.”
Update on 23 March –
On Wednesday 23 March, the Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall sent the following message to Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel:
“I am writing to express my shock and deep sorrow at the appalling attacks in Brussels yesterday. On behalf of the people of Birmingham, I send our most sincere condolences to you, the families of those who have lost their lives and the Belgian people.”
The Lord Mayor’s Deputy Councillor Sue Anderson and the Leader of the Council, Councillor John Clancy were joined by councillors and officers outside the Council House where they observed the national minute’s silence at 11am following prayers by Canon Nigel Hand from Birmingham Cathedral.
The Union Flag is at half-mast.