Fri, 03 Jul 2015
ONE by one they prayed and lit candles for a much-loved local man who never returned home from his holiday in Tunisia.
Today, grief-stricken friends and neighbours of 80-year-old Tadley man David Thompson, who lost his life in the terrorist attack in Sousse last Friday, gathered to pay their respects to a "kind and generous person" who would "do anything for anyone".
In a packed St Paul's Church in Tadley, some people wiped away a tear, while others linked hands in a show of unity as a minute's silence took place just yards away from the house where Mr Thompson once lived.
In front of TV cameras, Reverend Richard Harlow conducted a short service in which he urged people to "show solidarity with David's family and the whole nation".
He said: "Last Friday 38 holiday makers were callously shot as they enjoyed the sun, sand and sea in Sousse, Tunisia. We remember them today. We especially remember local man, David Thompson, who was amongst the victims.
"We will spend a minute in silence to remember David and light candles for him and the 37 others.
"In doing so we express our solidarity with David's family and the whole nation in shock, sadness and sympathy.
"This is a right and Godly response to the pain of loss, which has fallen randomly and unfairly on David's family and 29 other families in Britain due to events a week ago today."
The minute's silence which was impeccably observed by those in attendance, including children from Tadley Community Primary School, was followed by a minute's prayer.
During the prayer, Rev. Harlow added: "We pray for ourselves that we will not be intimidated and dehumanised by this event, and that we will not respond to evil with evil."