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Flags fly at half-mast in tribute to quake victims

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By DnG24 Newsdesk
Annan and Eskdale

DUMFRIES and Galloway Council are flying flags on council buildings today at half-mast as a tribute to those who have lost their lives or are affected by this week's earthquake in Italy.

Both the Union flag and the Italian tricolour were flying outside the local authority’s main building in English Street and at some other public buildings across the region.

Leader of the Council, Ronnie Nicholson, said: “Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those who sadly lost their lives in Wednesday’s tragic earthquake in Italy.  I would like to send our deepest condolences to the Italian people at this tragic time.”

There is a long-established Italian community in Dumfries and Galloway although most originate from another part of the south European country to where the earthquake happened.

More than 250 people died and at least 400 injured following the 6.2-magnitude seismic event — registered at Eskdalemuir Observatory — which happened in a hilly area 65 miles north-east of Rome.


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