Remembering the Manchester Attack One Year On

May 22nd 2017 was a sad day for the North West and the UK itself. It was the date of a needless and cowardly attack outside the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert.

Remembering the Victims

The country felt the force of this attack maybe more than other attacks, as this one was heavily attended by a younger audience with many children attending with their families.

The attacker had waited until the end of the concert and detonated a home made explosive causing 22 deaths and over 500 casualties.

We don’t think that the attacker should be named here. He deserves no glory, but we do want to remember all those who lost their lives and to remember them:

  • Philip Tron, 32, and his partner’s daughter Courtney Boyle, 19, from Gateshead
  • Off duty Cheshire Police Offier, Elaine McIver, 43
  • Mum Wendy Fawell, 50 from Otley in Yorkshire
  • Schoolgirl Eilidh MacLeod, 14 from Barra in the Outer Hebrides
  • Young couple Chloe Rutherford, 17 and Liam Curry, 19 from South Shields
  • Wife and mother of 3, Michelle Kiss
  • Schoolgirl Sorrell Leczkowski, 14 from Leeds
  • Schoolgirl Saffie Roussos, 8 from Tarleton in Lancashire
  • Schoolgirl Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15 from Bury in Manchester
  • PR manager Martyn Hett, 29 from Stockport
  • Schoolgirl Nell Jones, 14 from Cheshire
  • Friends Alison Howe, 45, from Royton, and Lisa Lees, 43, from Oldham near Manchester were killed in the blast whilst they waited for their daughters in the foyer
  • South Shore Academy Receptionist Jane Tweddle, 51 from Blackpool
  • Angelika and Marcin Klis who were originally from Poland but were living in York at the time of the attack were waiting for their daughters in the foyer.
  • Kelly Brewster, 32, from Sheffield bravely shielded her niece from the blast but sadly lost her own life.
  • John Atkinson, 28, from Radcliffe, Bury
  • Student Georgina Callander, 18
  • Schoolgirl Megan Hurley, 15, from Merseyside

Blackpool Remembers The Attack

South Shore Academy, where Jane Tweddle worked was closed today as a mark of respect and there was a minute’s silence held in Blackpool town centre today.  Many businesses across Blackpool and the Fylde observed the minute’s silence to remember those who were injured or lost their lives in the attack.

Jane was not the only person from Blackpool or affiliated with Blackpool whose family was affected on that day.  There were many people from this area who had travelled to the Arena for the concert.

The BPL Bible have been thinking of the families of those affected by the Manchester Attacks on this day last year and our thoughts go out to them.