I’m born and bred in this colourful city. Like a very good friend of mine said, we’ve experienced bombs and chaos before and we rose up even stronger.
The Manchester vigil is the spirit of this city. The homeless man cradling a child and then hugging a woman as she died is the spirit of this city. The woman who took charge of the children is the spirit of the city. Every single emergency service person and every single member of the glorious NHS is the spirit of this city. The diverse communities coming out to offer food to the victims are the spirit of this city. Every person who queued to give blood until it overflowed is the spirit of this city. Strangers offering strangers beds for the night is the spirit of this city. Crying for the children we didn’t know is the spirit of this city. Refusing to tolerate those who spit hate at members of our diverse community is the spirit of this city. Carrying on everyday is the spirit of this city.
Mentally unstable, hate fuelled cowards will never win here.
I am so pleased that our friends who attended the concert are safe.
All of my thoughts are with those who never made it home and their families. I can still hear the sirens on the wind and I hope with all of my heart that they will cease soon.
If you want to help you can donate to a fund set up by the Manchester Evening News to support the families of those tragically affected. https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/westandtogethermanchester