A VIGIL in memory of the victims of the Orlando club shooting is to be held in Kidderminster.

Organiser Aleks Zglinska, a Community Facilitator at New Meeting House, Kidderminster Unitarians, is inviting anyone affected by the attack to join the event on Saturday, June 18, from 5.30pm.

Fifty people died – including the gunman, who was killed by police after a three-hour stand-off – while a further 53 were injured during the attack in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, on June 12.

The vigil will start at The Peace Garden, New Meeting House, on Church Street, before walking together with candle lanterns to the Town Hall and placing lanterns in the square.

A moment of silence will then be held in memory of the victims.

Ms Zglinska said: "I was moved to set up the vigil as a space for people who live and work in the town to stand together and show solidarity to the community in Orlando directly affected by the attack.

"Importantly smaller towns like ours are now able to show and share our support as easily as large cities through social media and online spaces.

"LGBT people come from everywhere, and young people particularly are talking and reacting to this news online.

"My own feeling when it happened was one of horror.

"I've been out in LGBT venues in Birmingham and Manchester and the people having a good time that night in Orlando were expecting a safe place free from hatred and bigotry.

"Anyone is welcome – LGBT identifying people, friends, allies, moms, dads, teens, children, the hurt and despairing, the sad and angry.

"Our town may be small but our hearts are big and our voices and feelings matter a great deal."