Hundreds gather as Leeds and Sheffield stage vigils for Orlando victims

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Hundreds gathered in Leeds last night for an impromptu vigil to mourn the victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

Lower Briggate was closed at around 11pm as people held hands and listened to speeches, in an event organised by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

In Sheffield, hundreds also gathered in the city centre, where people sang songs and lit candles to in memory of victims and to show support for those injured in the Florida attack.

There were also speeches from members of the LGBT community.

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A minute’s silence was held at midday in Leeds today, with civic leaders gathering at Victoria Gardens near Leeds Art Gallery to pay their respects.

Picture from the Twitter feed of @yorkshireprobs of Monday night's vigil in Leeds

Picture from the Twitter feed of @yorkshireprobs of Monday night's vigil in Leeds

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Gerry Harper said: “The people of Leeds are invited to join the council and many others as we pay our respects on Tuesday. Leeds has a strong LBG&T community and we will share their mourning as we remember those who perished in Orlando, those who were hurt and their loved ones.”

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said: “We will hold a ceremony at Victoria Gardens on Tuesday to allow people to express their sorrow for those affected and to display solidarity with the LGB&T community in the city and across the world.

Crowds gather for the Sheffield vigil

Crowds gather for the Sheffield vigil

A vigil in Leeds city centre on Tuesday for the victims of the Orlando shootings. Picture: Scott Merrylees

A vigil in Leeds city centre on Tuesday for the victims of the Orlando shootings. Picture: Scott Merrylees