Messages of condolence sent to Oslo and Bergen from Falkirk District
Friday, 29 July 2011 15:34
SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Councillor Angus MacDonald has welcomed the action of Falkirk Provost Pat Reid in sending messages of condolence to the Mayors of Oslo and Hordaland Region following the shocking tragedy last Friday which saw over 90 youths killed at Utoyea and injuries following the bombing of Norwegian Government buildings in downtown Oslo.
Angus MacDonald MSP, who has close ties with Norway was in the country last weekend and experienced the shock and anger of a nation which prides itself in its principles of liberty, democracy and equality.
Five youths from the Hordland Region in Norway were killed in the horrific attack. Falkirk District has had ties with the Hordaland region over a number of years, which prompted Provost Reid to send a message of condolence and sympathy. In the letter to the Mayor of Hordaland in Bergen, Fylkesordforer Torill Selsvold Nyborg, Provost Reid offered the deepest condolences from the people of Falkirk District at the death of their young people on Utoyea island.
Provost Reid also sent a message of condolence to the Mayor of Oslo, Ordfoerer Fabian Stang expressing our deepest sympathy following the bomb attacks and the horrific loss of young lives on Utoyea island.
Welcoming the actions taken by Provost Reid, Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald said:
"Having just returned from holiday in Norway I witnessed at first hand the grief and shock being experienced by the people of Norway. There is a general sense of disbelief that such an horrific act could take place in a country which prides itself on its openess and peaceful way of life.
"I was actually travelling to Hordaland last Friday to visit friends in the Hardanger Fjord area and only found out about the shootings and the bomb when Linda and I arrived there in the early evening. I was still in Hordaland when they had the one minutes silence (which was supported throughout the whole Nordic region) on Monday and found myself standing in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, unable to comprehend how such an horrendous attack could take place in such a peaceful country. The Norwegians are strong people though, and as one person put it to me outside Stavanger Cathedral on Wednesday - "if one person can hold so much hate, think of how much love we can all hold together".
"I am pleased the Provost has sent messages of condolence from the people of Falkirk district - I am sure such heartfelt sentiments will be appreciated by our Nordic cousins."