Durham pays its respects to Paris victims as light festival Lumiere beams French flag onto city buildings

The photo of Durham Cathedral taken by its team.
The photo of Durham Cathedral taken by its team.
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The colours of the French flag have been washed on to some of Durham's most iconic buildings as the Lumiere festival joins in the tributes to the Paris shootings.

Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral, which are being used as the backdrops for projection shows during the four-night celebration, have both been used as the organisers show respect in the wake of last night's killings.

More than 120 people have died in the shootings, which saw attackers target restaurants, a concert venue and a the Stade de France, where a football match was being played.

Another projection during the Durham show, which shows a whale splashing into the River Wear, has been adorned with the phrase 'Je Suis Paris' and reads: "The whale knows no borders and her love is infinite.

"She shows us how to hold the strength and trust in our hearts so that humanity can be free."

The cathedral put a photo of the red, white and blue decorated building on its Facebook page with the message #PeaceforParis.

A photo of the message beamed across the River Wear tweeted by @WearTeesSC - the Wear and Tees Specials of Durham Constabulary.

A photo of the message beamed across the River Wear tweeted by @WearTeesSC - the Wear and Tees Specials of Durham Constabulary.

Durham's sites join others across the world, including the London Eye, Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and the Royal Opera House in Sydney, which have also had the flag beamed onto them.

A display of bikes in Durham has also been updated to turn them red, white and blue.

The 29 light displays will be on show 11pm today and from 4.30pm to 11pm tomorrow.

Durham Cathedral, as captured by Richard Mennear.

Durham Cathedral, as captured by Richard Mennear.