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Town Church to host candle tribute after Pier Road tragedy

Town Church to host candle tribute after Pier Road tragedy

Saturday 10 December 2022

Town Church to host candle tribute after Pier Road tragedy

Saturday 10 December 2022

Islanders are being invited to light candles at the Town Church in honour of those affected by the Pier Road gas explosion this morning.

Following news that at least one person has died and an estimated 12 more are missing, the Bailiff, Sir Timothy Le Cocq, said the church would be open from 17:00 for people to hold in their thoughts the families and first responders caught up in the tragedy.

"I, together with many islanders, woke this morning to the shocking news of the explosion at Pier Road," he said in a statement issued this afternoon.

"We know that there has been loss of life and people have been injured and displaced. We are awaiting further news.

"My thoughts at this time are with all involved either those who have suffered loss or those working so hard since the early hours to help those affected but, in particular, with the families who are waiting for information on family members who are unaccounted for."

The Bailiff headed to the Town Hall this morning to offer his support to those affected, as well as the first responders.


Pictured: The Bailiff arriving at the Town Hall earlier today, and supplies being carried in. 

"The Jersey community response has been quite superb and the help needed has been, and is being, provided.

"Food and shelter and clothing is being made available promptly and effectively and, following discussion with Chief Minister and government officials, I would like to assure islanders that, at this point, all that is needed is available.

"I have spoken with the Dean of Jersey who has kindly offered to make the Town Church available and from this evening individuals may light candles for all who have been affected by this incident.

"I, along with others, will visit the Town Church this evening to take that opportunity and to hold in our thoughts the families and first responders who have taken part in or been affected by this incident."

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