Local children stand together in tribute

Friday, 12th May 2017

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Tree planting
Tree planting

A group of inner-city school children led tributes to victims of the Westminster terror attack as a new ‘tree of peace’ was planted locally one week after extremist Khalid Masood killed four people and injuring many more.

The ceremony next to the River Rea in Balsall Heath included prayers from Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Sikh faith leaders and speeches from the police and council leader John Clancy. It also included a minute’s silence. Children from Heath Mount Primary School read a poem of remembrance and laid flowers at the tree.

At the same time similar vigils, with people holding #WeStandTogether banners, were held in London and many other UK cities as communities rejected hate, division and violence. Event organiser Abdullah Rehman of the Balsall Heath Forum said that it was appropriate that the tree was being planted in the shadow of a church steeple and mosque dome – a sign of the united city.