I’m thankful to be living in a city that shows it cares

Mo Farrah after missing out on a gold medal
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I couldn’t believe it when a news alert popped up on my phone last Friday evening, telling me about events in Paris.

I was shocked, outraged, saddened and scared all in one.

To anyone out there who thinks we will fall into the hands of pure evil and that our human spirit will be squashed, I reckon I speak for the vast majority of people when I say ‘think again’

What happened in Paris should never happen again and yet the sad truth is that we know it will.

The terrorist attacks that took place in the French capital were nothing short of a vile, senseless atrocity.

The people responsible are so misguided and disturbed that they think nothing of taking the lives of innocent people.

I, like the rest of the world, said silent prayers as the news unfolded.

This is a global war we face. It’s not a distant and detached issue that doesn’t affect you or me. It does. It affects us all.

For the first time, I didn’t want to go to London this week for fear of my own safety.

Usually I don’t worry about things like this. I try to live life to the full and not get concerned about the ifs and buts.

But as I sat on the London-bound train from Portsmouth, I took a moment to look around the carriage and found myself wondering what I’d do if, God forbid, something happened.

Isn’t that sad?

The only good thing that ever comes from awful situations like these is how people rally together in times of crisis.

I was proud to see our city show the colours of the Tricolore as a mark of respect and solidarity.

The Spinnaker Tower was lit up red, white and blue and the colours were very much in evidence in Guildhall Square and at Fratton Park before Pompey’s last home match.

I was humbled to learn that a candlelit vigil is taking place tonight at 5pm in Guildhall Square to pay another tribute to those who have lost their lives to terrorism, not just in Paris but all over the world.

I for one will be there to show my support and I’m truly thankful to be living in a city that cares about others.

Well done Portsmouth.

To anyone out there who thinks we will fall into the hands of pure evil and that our human spirit will be squashed, I reckon I speak for the vast majority of people when I say ‘think again’.