THE people of Manchester have been encouraged to “get back to normal” as the city vows to continue with its day-to-day business. Less than 48 hours after the attack at the Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead, the rush hour streets were busy with workers embarking on the day ahead. But while the city’s mayor Andy Burnham said it is important to send out a message that the people will not be “beaten”, he also said the city is going through “very difficult times”.
A poet has spoken of his pride after reading out his tribute to Manchester at the vigil in the city to the terrorist attack. Poet Tony Walsh, 51, delivered a version of his poem This Is The Place, an ode to the city of Manchester and its people, to a packed Albert Square. He said it was important to him, as someone from the city, to strike the right tone.
Poet Tony Walsh read his poem ‘This Is The Place’ at the vigil for the victims of the Manchester terror attack to a rapturous reception. The poem sparked ripples of laughter as the sun beamed on the town hall during the vigil for the 22 people who died in the attack. Similar vigils were held across the country as the nation united in grief. Manchester!