Hartlepool falls silent united in grief for Tunisia victims

Andrea Scott, 43, from Peterlee, who escaped the gunman in Tunisia, holds a minutes silence to remember those who died, with her son Jonny, 15 (far left) daughter Becky 17, and Becky's boyfriend Owen Lucas 18. The family hid in their hotel bathroom after running for their lives when they heard gunshots''3 July 2015
Andrea Scott, 43, from Peterlee, who escaped the gunman in Tunisia, holds a minutes silence to remember those who died, with her son Jonny, 15 (far left) daughter Becky 17, and Becky's boyfriend Owen Lucas 18. The family hid in their hotel bathroom after running for their lives when they heard gunshots''3 July 2015

The deaths of Britons in Tunisia saw dozens of people in Hartlepool stop to honour a minute’s silence.

Shoppers in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, stopped in their tracks to reflect on last Friday’s atrocity in which 30 British people were killed in a beach massacre at the hands of Islamic State 
terrorists.

One minutes silence is observed in memory of those who lost their lifes in Tunisia, at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

One minutes silence is observed in memory of those who lost their lifes in Tunisia, at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

Andrea Scott, her son Jonathan Scott, 15, Hartlepool college student daughter Rebecca Scott, 17, and Rebecca’s 18-year-old boyfriend Owen Lucas also honoured the minute’s silence.

The family were two days into a week-long holiday in Sousse, Tunisia, when the gunman opened fire just yards from their sunbeds.

They ran for their lives to their hotel where they cowered for five hours in a darkened bathroom to escape the crazed killer who they saw walking with his gun just five metres away from their first floor balcony.

Speaking after the tribute, Andrea, of Cornfield Garth, in the Dene House area of Peterlee, said: “It was just the right thing to do for all of the people who lost their lives.

One minutes silence is observed in memory of those who lost their lifes in Tunisia, at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

One minutes silence is observed in memory of those who lost their lifes in Tunisia, at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

“It hasn’t gone away from our minds. The minute’s silence was very difficult for us. It was very sombre and very sad.”

The nation paused at noon to reflect on last Friday’s atrocity including The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh who observed the silence as they visited the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, while Prime Minister David Cameron marked the moment in his Oxfordshire constituency.

One minutes silence is observed in memory of those who lost their lifes in Tunisia, at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

One minutes silence is observed in memory of those who lost their lifes in Tunisia, at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

One minutes silence is observed in memory of those who lost their lifes in Tunisia, at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre

One minutes silence is observed in memory of those who lost their lifes in Tunisia, at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre