‘I won’t be beaten’ - thousands gather for vigil after suicide bombing at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena

People gather for a vigil in Albert Square outside Manchester Town Hall in Manchester, after the sui

People gather for a vigil in Albert Square outside Manchester Town Hall in Manchester, after the suicide bombing on Monday. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Thousands of people have gathered in the centre of Manchester in a show of defiance, declaring they will not be 'beaten' or 'intimidated' in the wake of the terror attack.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the vigil in Manchester following Monday's terror attack. Picture: Ma

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the vigil in Manchester following Monday's terror attack. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Crowds spilled from Albert Square on to nearby roads, standing together in an act of solidarity.

It comes after 22 people, including children, were killed, and another 59 seriously injured after a suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande performance at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Lu Bowen, 40, brought flowers to lay as a mark of respect, and said it has been a 'horrific' day.

Standing alongside her teenage daughter Lucy, she said: 'We watched it all unfold last night.

People gather for a vigil in Albert Square outside Manchester Town Hall in Manchester, after the sui

People gather for a vigil in Albert Square outside Manchester Town Hall in Manchester, after the suicide bombing on Monday. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire - Credit: PA


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'We felt we wanted to show a sense of solidarity and commitment that Manchester always has.

'When the chips are down, Manchester always pulls together.'

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She said some of her friends felt nervous about the prospect of coming into the city on Tuesday night, adding: 'I personally just want to make a stand that even if my friends felt a bit nervous, I felt it was very important to prove that I won't be beaten, intimidated.

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'And also, people have lost loved ones. If it was me, I'd want to see this.'

Lucy said she had friends at the concert who were 'shaken up', adding: 'A few of them didn't come into school.'

Her mother said: 'It's been a horrific day. But we all feel the same here. We're here together.'

Meanwhile, vigils have been held elsewhere around the country, including in Cambridgeshire, Luton, Belfast and Glasgow.

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