Floral tributes laid at region’s churches

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FLOWERS have been laid and candles lit as people paid their respects to the six servicemen.

Churches in West Yorkshire lit candles and offered prayers for the soldiers and their families.

Books of condolence were opened in Huddersfield parish church and Halifax Minster, where a special service will be held on Sunday.

Bishop of Wakefield Stephen Platten expressed his shock and sympathy for the relatives.

“These deaths will devastate the families and friends of those involved as well as the local community of Halifax.

“My prayers and condolences are with all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. The church will be doing all it can to support the communities and people affected.”

In Huddersfield town centre, flowers were placed next to the Market Cross. A handwritten note said: “Thank you for our safety. Our thoughts are with your families. RIP.”

Local football and rugby teams also expressed sorrow.

Huddersfield Town and Leeds Rhinos will observe a minute’s silence at games today and tomorrow.

Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle said: “It is only right that Huddersfield Town pays tribute to all six brave soldiers who gave their lives serving our country. It is particularly poignant given that three come from our local community.”