In the wake of Tuesday’s tragic air crash in the French Alps, which is believed to have claimed the lives of all on board, as Mayor of Reading, I have today sent a letter of condolence to my opposite number in Düsseldorf - one of Reading's twin towns.
In the letter to the Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf, Oberburgermeister Thomas Geisel, I have said “On behalf of the people of Reading I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the people of Düsseldorf and Germany for the tragic loss of life as a result of the crash of flight 4U 9525.
“Our thoughts will be with you throughout this tragedy. We hope that the kind words which are undoubtedly being extended to you will be of some comfort at this sad time.”
I also led a minute’s silence at last night’s full council meeting on Tuesday, March 24.
The Germanwings aircraft was en route from Barcelona to Düsseldorf when it crashed in the French Alps.
Officials believe 67 of the 150 passengers and crew on the plane were German citizens, including 16 pupils of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium school in Haltern-am-See, in north-west Germany, who were returning from an exchange trip.