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Flags Lowered for Manchester

Flags flying at half-mast at the Government Administration Building today (Tuesday, 23 May 2017).

Flags at all government buildings in the Cayman Islands were lowered to half-mast this morning (Tuesday, 23 May 2017) as a mark of respect for the victims of a suicide-bombing in Manchester, U.K. last night.

As of this morning, there were known to be 22 people dead, and around 60 injured, as a result of the atrocity.

“We were all shocked and saddened to learn of the terrible events that took place in Manchester last night," said her Excellency the Governor Helen Kilpatrick. "As the Prime Minister has stated, all acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people. This attack deliberately targeted children and young people and is therefore particularly despicable; its intention was to sow fear but it will not succeed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones”

Flags will be flown at half-mast on all government and public buildings throughout the Cayman Islands until further notice.

The correct procedure for half-masting a flag is to raise the flag to the normal flying position and then to lower to one-third below that. If more than one flag is flown, any others should preferably also be half-masted.

For further information contact: Catherine MacGillivray