Solidary message to King’s Lynn’s EU community post Brexit

A candle-lit vigil was held in King's Lynn to show support for the eastern European community. Pictu

A candle-lit vigil was held in King's Lynn to show support for the eastern European community. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A vigil held on the Saturday Market Place aimed to send a message of unity with European communities after the country voted to leave the EU.

A candle-lit vigil was held in King's Lynn to show support for the eastern European community. Pictu

A candle-lit vigil was held in King's Lynn to show support for the eastern European community. Pictured is Jo Rust. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The gathering was organised by the local Labour Party on Friday evening - but organisers insisted it was not party political.

Local campaigner Jo Rust said: 'The key message we want to get across here is that we live in unity regardless of the referendum.'

She added: 'We are here, showing our support for our neighbours where ever they originate from and to let them know they are welcome in King's Lynn.'

Julie Chaplin from the Hanseatic Union, a King's Lynn-based charity that offers support to the town's European communities explained some families had been told to 'go home' since the EU referendum result.


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'Lots of horrible things have been said to them,' she said. 'One lady said her child was not even allowed to go on a bouncy castle - actions like this are not fair.'

Meanwhile, councillors were told at the last full council meeting that no Syrian refugees will be resettled in west Norfolk.

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It emerged following a question from a member of the public about how many refugees west Norfolk had offered to accommodate from the crisis.

Brian Long, leader of West Norfolk Council, explained around 50 refugees - equivalent of around 12 or 13 families - were expected to be resettled in Norfolk.

And while a final decision is set to be made later in this month, he added Norwich is considered to be the most suitable area to accommodate them.

• Have you experienced or seen any abuse since the EU referendum result? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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