Nearly 300 gather for vigil to re­mem­ber bomb vic­tims


THE PEO­PLE of Mac­cles­field gath­ered in sol­i­dar­ity at a vigil in hon­our of the Manch­ester ter­ror at­tack.

Hun­dreds of res­i­dents, young peo­ple and com­mu­nity lead­ers gath­ered in the town cen­tre last night [Tues­day, May 23] to re­flect on Mon­day’s ter­ror at­tack at Manch­ester Arena.

Town coun­cil­lors with mem­bers of Make it Mac­cles­field (MiM) or­gan­ised the vigil at St Michael’s Church in Mar­ket Place, with key mem­bers from the com­mu­nity tak­ing their turn to speak.

All 250 seats were taken while dozens more stood.

Rev Martin Stephens led the ser­vice and speak- ers in­cluded Mac­cles­field mayor Bev­er­ley Doo­ley and Clare Hay­ward, MiM chair­man and deputy lieu­tenant for Cheshire.

He said: “When an atroc­ity like this hap­pens, it af­fects the whole na­tion. It’s nat­u­ral to want to re­mem­ber and pray.”

Dan Ack­er­ley, a dad of two from Tyther­ing­ton and com­mer­cial man­ager at Mac­cles­field Town Foot­ball Club, was there to rep­re­sent the Silk­men.

His wife April is a paramedic called to the scene when the bomb went off and helped a young per­son with life threat­en­ing in­juries.

He said: “We’re very near to Manch­ester so we should show sol­i­dar­ity.

“There may be other peo­ple in Mac­cles­field who were caught up in the at­tack and tonight’s about hav­ing some peace and a re­flec­tive mo­ment.”

Also in at­ten­dance and speak­ing at the ser­vice was Manch­ester City foot­baller and Man­cu­nian Joe Cor­ri­gan who lives in Tyther­ing­ton.

And among the peo­ple in the au­di­ence was nurse Karen Baskerville who was a sis­ter in A&E at Sal­ford car­ing for in­jured peo­ple who were brought in, in­clud­ing eight-yearold vic­tim Saffie Rose Rous­sos who sadly died.

Karen said: “I’ve felt numb all day but see­ing all th­ese peo­ple here has made me re­alise what we did was felt by ev­ery­one.”

A can­dle is lit at the vigil at St Michael’s Church

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