Residents of Renfrewshire have been invited to Paisley Abbey tonight (Mon) to show their support for the French people after the Paris attacks.

The event is a chance for people to pay their respects to victims of Friday’s incidents in the French capital, as well as those in other global tragedies.

The short service is open to people of all faiths and none. It will be led by Rev Alan Birss of Paisley Abbey and Father Frank Hannigan of St Paul’s in Foxbar, as well as other community representatives.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall will represent the council at the event and – along with others – will light a candle in memory of the victims.

Provost Hall said: “Over the weekend, we have seen the full horror of the events in Paris, which have shocked and saddened the entire world.

“The people of Renfrewshire were quick to express their solidarity with those affected by the attacks – and we wanted to help give them a chance to come together and do so publicly.

“At the same time we are also considering other tragic events around the world – such as last week’s bombing in Beirut.

“Our community has already demonstrated its compassion following the distressing episodes over the weekend.

“And we look forward to showing the same compassion to the refugees who are arriving here this week after fleeing that terror.”

Rev Alan Birss added: “We are welcoming the entire community of Renfrewshire to show their support to all those affected by the terrorist attacks in Paris and in other parts of the world.

“As part of the service they will get the opportunity to light a candle in remembrance of all who died in such tragic and awful circumstances.”

Renfrewshire Council via Twitter said: “Renfrewshire community is invited to come together at Paisley Abbey tomorrow (Mon) at 7pm to offer support to all affected by Paris attacks.

“Everyone is most welcome. This is an open invitation to all of our community to show their support.”