'If it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening'
After last night’s atrocity in Manchester, James Corden has shared a touching tribute to the city and those who lost their lives at the terror attack after an Ariana Grande show. Watch it below.
Around 22 people died and 59 injured when a lone bomber attacked the foyer of Manchester Arena when thousands of music fans were leaving the show. Many of them were children. The assailant died on the scene in the explosion.
Following news of the tragedy, James Corden shared his ‘message to Manchester’ – honouring the city’s music, culture and spirit in the face of adversity.
“While taping our show earlier tonight, we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester in England, that there had been an incident at Ariana Grande’s concert,” said Corden. “We still have no real information about what’s happening. All we know is the tragic news that there are multiple fatalities and many injuries.
“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news. Attacks like this can happen…but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight. “Many of you won’t have been to Manchester, but you will definitely have heard of it. It’s famous all over the world for so many wonderful things – great football teams, Man City, Man United.
He continued: “It’s famous for incredible music – Oasis and Joy Division. It was the birthplace of the leader of the Suffragettes. It’s the home of the inventor of the first computer.
Corden went on: “It’s a place full of comedy and character. But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there – and I’m telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard pressed to find.
“Strong, proud, caring people, with community at its core. If it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.
Corden added: “My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight – all of the staff at the [Manchester Arena], all of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team, and all of those families affected by tonight.
“We’ll all go to bed holding our little ones even tighter this evening.”
The NHS have since issued advice on blood donors following the attack, and here’s how to find out if your friends and loved ones were involved and OK.
While Ariana Grande said that she was ‘broken’ after the attack, the entertainment world has spoken out in tribute – with the likes of Johnny Marr, Taylor Swift, Liam Gallagher, Katy Perry, Harry Styles and many more honouring those who died and the people of Manchester.
Prime Minister Theresa May has since confirmed that this is currently being treated as a terrorist attack – making it the deadliest attack as such on UK soil since 52 people were killed in the 7/7 suicide bombings in July 2005. Theresa May will hold emergency meetings today, while Jeremy Corbyn has also paid tribute and said that all campaigning for the upcoming general election has been ‘suspended‘.
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