Kirklees Council in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Kirklees Council supports those peacefully protesting for equality and will light local landmarks purple as a symbol of solidarity.
On the evening of Friday 5 June town halls across Kirklees as well as Castle Hill in Huddersfield will be lit up purple in the evening.
Kirklees Council is doing this to show its sympathy to the family of George Floyd and in support of Black Lives Matter.
Councillor Shabir Pandor, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “Racism has no place in Kirklees or anywhere else in the world. Our biggest strength in Kirklees is our diversity and that is something I’m truly proud to be part of.
“I’m deeply disturbed by the death of George Floyd. This has rightly shocked and outraged the world and we at Kirklees Council stand with those who are peacefully protesting.
“We wanted to display this in some way and that is why we will be lighting our town halls purple.
“Our action on Friday is an important symbol of solidarity but we know it needs to be supported by long term action. Change will only be long lasting if we can build an economy that is inclusive, where children can achieve their potential and where our recovery from the pandemic tackles inequality head on.”