Edinburgh sends messages of condolence to Norway
Edinburgh's Lord Provost has sent letters of condolence to Norway in the wake of the tragic events of last week.
Lord Provost George Grubb wrote personally to the Norwegian Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon. Jens Stoltenberg; the King of Norway, King Harald V KG GCVO; and the Norwegian Honorary Consul General, David Windmill.
In his letter, sent on Saturday 25 July, the day after 76 lives were claimed in Oslo and on Utoya Island. the Lord Provost wrote:
"On behalf of the City of Edinburgh, may I express our shock and sadness on hearing about the atrocity in Norway.
"Our support and understanding is with you and Norway at this difficult time and if there is anything that we here in Edinburgh can do now or in the future, please let me know."
The Lord Provost and Council Leader Jenny Dawe also paid a visit to the Norwegian Consulate, where they signed the book of condolence, expressing their personal sorrow and sympathy following the massacre in Norway.
Meanwhile, the flags which fly from the City Chambers are being lowered to half mast as a mark of respect.