Manchester truly is an extraordinary place. It is a city steeped in history, culture, and of course the home of a legendary music scene. Taking a look at photographs taken from Albert Square on the 23rd of May, it is obvious how much community spirit runs through those streets, no matter what age, race or religion you are. To see Albert Square packed with thousands of Mancunians united for one reason, was a beautiful thing. It’s just a shame that it took such a despicable act to bring everyone together.
As we now know, one man entered the Manchester Arena shortly after an Ariana Grande concert on the 22nd of May and set off an explosion, killing 22 people and injuring many more.
A vigil was held in Manchester’s Albert Square to remember the people who lost their lives during the attack. Thousands of people crammed into the square to express their solidarity with the victims; with Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker John Bercow and Andy Burnham also in attendance.
One of the most-moving moments was a reading of a poem called ‘This Is The Place’, by Tony Walsh – otherwise known as Longfella. A beautiful ode to the resilience and heart of the people of Manchester.
Music is an incredible force that brings people together, and for someone to take what was a magical moment for so many children, teenagers and parents, and turn it into a place filled with fear is intolerable. Our thoughts are with anyone affected by the events, and with the people of Manchester.
In the words of Tony Walsh “This is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, Greater Manchester forever”.