IN the heart of Durham city, people gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11.

A short service of remembrance at St Nicholas’ Church, known to most as St Nics, was held on Saturday afternoon.

Vicar Arun Arora said the service gave people a chance to reflect and pray.

People lit candles to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in 2001, including County Durham man Gavin McMahon who was working at the World Trade Center in New York when the attacks took place.

Those gathered did not just remember the many lives lost but also how the world and so many lives have been shaped by what happened.

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