North East landmark to be lit in French national flag colours following terrorist attack

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
The Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit in the colours of the French tricolour following the terrorist attack in Nice which has claimed more than 80 lives.

A lorry hit crowds who had gathered to celebrate the French national day in the Mediterranean city on Thursday night.

A spokesman confirmed that the Tyneside landmark will be lit red, white and blue on Friday.

He said: "Gateshead Council has been asked if will agree to illuminate the Gateshead Millennium Bridge tonight in the colours of the French tricolour, as a mark of respect and remembrance for those who died in last night’s terrorist attack in Nice.

"The council is happy to oblige.

"The bridge’s computer-controlled lighting system has now been programmed to project the colours of the French flag onto the 50m high central hoop of the bridge from dusk tonight until around midnight."