In the wake of the terror attack in Berlin, Witney Town Council has issued the following message of condolence from the Mayor of Witney to Burgermeister Wolfgang Panzer, Mayor of our German twin town, Unterhaching.
Dear Burgermeister Panzer
It was with great shock and sadness that we heard the news of the attack on Berlin’s Christmas Market. On behalf of the people of Witney I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the people of Berlin, Unterhaching and all of Germany, to all the victims and their families and those that have suffered as a result of the attacks. This, of course, is extended to all those from other countries that were attending the market.
The horror of the attack touches us all and the effects of the suffering in Berlin will impact on all of Germany’s neighbours and friends.
We have a strong bond through our Twinning Association which encourages European towns to link with each other, to encourage the exploration of each other’s countries, culture and lives and to nurture an understanding in the hope of greater accord between us.
The strength of the ties between our towns reflects our enduring friendship and our shared values of community, freedom and tolerance. Our thoughts are with you all at a time when we should be sharing a message of joy, but instead are forced to reflect on recent events with sadness.
Notwithstanding what has happened Witney stands with you and sends you a message of peace and goodwill.
Cllr. Chris Holliday
Mayor of Witney