‘I won’t be beaten’ - thousands gather for vigil after suicide bombing at Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena
- 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.
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.
You may also want to watch:
'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.'
- 1 'I couldn't believe my eyes' - snorkeller finds 125-year-old shipwreck
- 2 Famous Norwich firm locked in legal battle with Red Bull
- 3 End of an era as cafe owner hangs up apron after 26 years
- 4 Do you recognise this man?
- 5 Former teacher who abused young boys handed 25-year sentence
- 6 Norfolk beach ranked among world's top tourist attractions
- 7 Bus services to be cancelled and changed amid driver shortage
- 8 Location revealed for new major music festival with '90s flavour'
- 9 Why this Norfolk village is one of the best in the UK
- 10 Two 'cowardly bullies' sentenced for Christmas attack at Center Parcs
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.
'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.