Devastated Notts residents today headed for County Hall to express their regret and pay respects to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

A book of condolence has been opened in the West Bridgford office to give Nottingham’s residents an opportunity to offer their support to those affected by Friday’s events.

Condolence: Heartfelt messages from the public

The Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Alan Rhodes, has written to the Mayor of Paris to offer his backing to stand united with the people of France against acts of terror.

In the letter, Councillor Rhodes said: “In these current times it is clear that all our towns and cities are at risk of such random and senseless actions.”

“We here in Nottinghamshire stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and France as a whole,” he added.

The book of condolence will be forwarded to Mayor Hidalgo in a month’s time giving the people of Nottingham the opportunity to make use of this book whilst it is available.

The Council building will also be flying a French flag for one week to demonstrate their solidarity with the nation.

“We cannot let acts like this deter us from going about our normal lives”

Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, Sybil Fielding, 60, was one of the first to sign the book at the County Hall today as the first wave of residents arrived to write a message.

She said: “What happened in Paris is so horrific and unbelievable, I think it’s important that we show our support for the people of France.”

Support: Councillor Sybil Fielding signs the book

“We cannot let acts like this deter us from going about our normal lives, I think communities need to come together and support each other.”

After a vigil was held last night in Nottingham’s Market Square for the Paris victims, it is clear that the residents of Nottingham are keen to offer a hand to those affected by Friday’s events.

Sally Taylor, 38, was keen to sign the book of condolence as soon as she read about it.

The Receptionist said: “The targeting of families out for meals and people at music concerts is shocking.”

“This book will help show that we can all live together in harmony and that people do care.”

The book is stationed in the the recepetion area of County Hall in West Bridgford and is available to sign until 17th December.