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.
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.
“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.