UPDATED: Minute's silence observed outside Blackpool Town Hall

Around 100 people observed the minute's silence
Around 100 people observed the minute's silence
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The victims of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris were remembered during a minute's silence earlier this morning.

A crowd of around 100 people gathered outside Blackpool Town Hall to join the Europe-wide silence, to remember the 129 people killed in the rampage, at 11am.

They were praised by council leader Simon Blackburn after braving the cold wind in order to pay their respects.

Coun Blackburn said: “You are a credit to yourselves and your town. Thank you very much.”

Sixty seconds earlier, he had told the crowd of shoppers, council workers, police officers, and passers-by they were taking a minute out of their day to ‘pray for the victims’ souls and for their families’.

He said: “We stand here in respect of those who lost their lives not only in Paris at the weekend but in terrorist attacks all over the world.”

Prime Minister David Cameron joined world leaders at the G20 summit in Turkey for the silence, hours after announcing the UK will recruit almost 2,000 more spies to counter the Islamic State (IS) threat.

IS - also known as Isil and Daesh - has claimed responsibility for the Paris atrocities