Town marks World Aids Day event

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Blackpool marked World Aids Day with a series of events.

Council bosses supported a series of initiatives to mark the annual day yesterday.

Firstly, a candle light vigil and short prayer service followed by a two minute silence was held at 8pm at the Flying Handbag on Queen Street.

The service evening was followed by a charity fund-raiser event featuring live acts.

A red book of remembrance was made available for attendees to sign.

Blackpool Tower was also illuminated in red, just like the red ribbons which are the symbol of World Aids Day.

Blackpool and The Fylde College, meanwhile, engaged with its students via a question and answer quiz to educate people about the issues surrounding the virus.

The initiative has proved incredibly popular in recent years with students showing a real interest last year and more than 600 taking part.

Red ribbons were also made available to the students.

The council also promoted the World Aids Day message through its social media sites on Facebook and Twitter throughout the day.

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for equalities, said: “World Aids Day is an important day of remembrance and a useful time to pause for thought about the impact that HIV and Aids has had on the world around us.

“I hope people can take a moment to reflect on World Aids Day and remember those who’ve lost their lives, celebrate the medical advances that are seeing improving survival rates and educate themselves about safety and prevention.”