The Lord Mayor of Nottingham has sent the condolences of the City of Nottingham to the Mayor of Orlando in the wake of the shootings at the Pulse Night Club.

In a letter to Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer, the Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Saghir,  said: “On behalf of the citizens of Nottingham, England, I send our heartfelt condolences to the families and the loved ones of all those killed and injured in the senseless act of violence and hate committed in your City.

“Our thoughts are with all of you in Orlando coming to terms with the shock of this horrific attack.

“It is difficult to grasp how an ordinary party night of fun and enjoyment could turn into an evening of such horror and tragedy in a city like Orlando which, like Nottingham, is proud of its history of welcome, its mixed heritage and community, and its diversity.

“We offer our deepest sympathy to all those who lost loved ones and our prayers for the full recovery of  those who are injured and for you and your City as you deal with the shock and aftermath of this atrocity.”

The killing of 50 people in the gay  nightclub in Orlando is the worst mass shooting in US history.  A Book of Condolence has been opened at Nottingham Council House and the Rainbow flag representing  lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender communities is flying at half-mast there and at Nottingham Castle.