DOZENS demonstrated unity and solidarity at a Keighley mosque in memory of worshippers massacred in New Zealand last month.

Civic dignitaries, councillors, community and religious leaders joined members of the public for the afternoon gathering at Shahjalal Jami Mosque, in Temple Row.

Different people had a chance to address the occasion, which also included a minute's silence and refreshments.

Mosque spokesman Ash Alom said: "It was a really successful event, featuring more than 50 people from all walks of life, including men, women and children.

"People were handed yellow roses on entering the mosque, as a mark of friendship.

"We conveyed our sympathies and condolences to families of those who died on March 15. But it was also about coming together as friends and neighbours in Keighley to show our unity and respect for each other."

Mr Alom praised New Zealand's leadership for its response to the massacre, adding the outpouring of compassion in the wake of the killings was a credit to that country.

"As organisers we'd like to thank everyone who attended the mosque," he said. "We're always open to visitors and we have an important role to play in Keighley, working with our friends and neighbours during the good times, not just on the back of crises or calamities."

Fifty Muslim worshippers were killed and 50 others injured in a terrorist attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. A 28-year-old Australian man has been arrested and charged with murder.