Candles have been lit in church in the Belgian town of Lommel for victims of the coach crash that has left the community numb with sorrow.
Fifteen of the 22 children killed on their way home from a Swiss skiing holiday went to primary school in the town, near the Dutch border. Two of Lommel’s adults also lost their lives.
“With this candle, I think of you,” were the words pronounced as victims’ first names were read out, with a candle lit for each one.
St Joseph’s Church was too small to receive all of the 2,500 people who wanted to pay tribute. Hundreds sat outside, watching on a giant screen.
The commemoration was held as Belgium braced for a national day of mourning for all 28 people who perished in Tuesday’s night tunnel disaster. With Dutch children also among the dead, flags on public buildings in the Netherlands will be flown at half-mast on Friday, too.