Manchester to unite at evening vigil for arena victims after terror attack

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham says the city is "greiving" but remains "strong" in the wake of deadly terror attack

Rachael Pells
Tuesday 23 May 2017 10:50
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Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the attack was "an evil act"
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the attack was "an evil act"

People in Manchester are to join together in mourning for the victims of the UK's "deadliest" terror attack.

A vigil is to be held in the heart of the city on Tuesday evening after 22 people were killed during an explosion at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Announcing the vigil, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burham said the attack was an “evil act” that had caused anger, shock and hurt.

Speaking on Tuesday morning the former Labour MP said the city remained “strong”, and would do what it could to operate as usual.

He said: “It is hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours, and to put into words the shock, anger, and hurt that we feel today.

”These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill.

“This was an evil act.”

Theresa May is also expected to visit the city following an emergency Cobra meeting on Tuesday morning.

The Prime Minister condemned the “appalling” attack and suspended the General Election campaign "until further notice".

Twenty-two people were killed in the terrorist bombing, which took place during an Ariana Grande concert populated by young people and their families.

At least 59 people have also been injured and children are reported to be among the dead.

Thousands of people, including politicians, celebrities and other public figures, have voiced their admiration for the “defiance” shown by local communities in Manchester.

Local residents, hotels and other private and public venues are offering food and shelter to anyone in need following the attack, as well as phone chargers and electricity.

The four surrounding Sikh temples also opened their doors to those affected at the stadium.

The Tuesday evening vigil is due to take place at 6pm in Manchester’s Albert Square.

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