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Jo Cox murder a sombre reminder

The murder of MP Jo Cox is a reminder of the how precious life and democracy are, said the chairman of Horsham District Council.

Cllr Christian Mitchell welcomed councillors and all those who serve in the community to the Annual Civic Service held at St. Mary’s Church in Horsham as more details emerged of the shocking killing of mother of two Mrs Cox.

Speaking in the service about the murder of Mrs Cox Cllr Mitchell said: “The horrific killing of Jo Cox MP should remind us not only that life is precious, but also that our democracy is too.  Democracy, said French philosopher and writer Albert Camus, is the system that relies on the wisdom of people who know that they don’t know everything. Someone who may have thought he knew everything showed he knew nothing by killing a democratic representative.”Father David Bouskill, vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Horsham, officiated at the service and Rev. Canon Guy Bridgewater, the vicar of Horsham, gave the sermon.

The Civic Service rededicates the work of Horsham District Council, its councillors and officers, along with county councillors, the chairman of parish councils and Horsham Neighbourhood Councils, representatives of the Royal British Legion and St. John Ambulance and all those who serve in the community.  The High Sherriff of West Sussex Mark Spofforth and the chairman of West Sussex County Council county Cllr Pat Arculus attended the service.

Commenting on the service, Cllr Christian Mitchell said: “This very special celebration service marks the beginning of the Civic Year and the closing of St. Mary’s Flower Festival.  The Flower Festival this year celebrated the theme ‘Let all the World!’ and the church looked absolutely beautiful.”

Pictured are from left President of St. John Ambulance, Sussex Mrs. Caroline Lucas, Vice Chairman of Horsham District Council Cllr Roger Clarke, Cllr Arculus; Cllr Mitchell, Mark Spofforth  and Jeremy Quin, Horsham  MP.

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