TAME­SIDE LEADER

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Manch­ester Bomb­ing LAST Tues­day, May 22, marked the first an­niver­sary of the ter­ror­ist bomb­ing in Manch­ester.

The at­tack, which was car­ried out dur­ing an Ari­ana Grande con­cert in the Manch­ester Arena, killed 22 peo­ple and in­jured 800 mak­ing it in terms of ca­su­al­ties the dead­li­est in­ci­dent on Bri­tish soil since the July 7 2005 bomb­ings in London.

Those are the dates and num­bers, but they can­not con­vey the horror of what oc­curred. I know that I, and ev­ery­body else, can still remember the shock, re­vul­sion, and un­cer­tainty that we all felt as the news of the at­tack fil­tered through. There is not a sin­gle part of our great city, Tame­side in­cluded, that was left un­touched by the atroc­ity. There are so many peo­ple who lost some­one, or who knew friends, neigh­bours or col­leagues who lost some­one.

But as clearly as we remember that, I know that we also remember how, in the face of vi­o­lence and tragedy, Manch­ester came to­gether as never be­fore. In the af­ter­math, we saw peo­ple open the doors of their homes and busi­nesses to of­fer a help­ing hand, with­out fear or favour, to men and women that they had never met be­fore in their lives. We saw taxi driv­ers of­fer­ing free rides and so many in­di­vid­u­als queu­ing up to give blood that the hospi­tals had to turn some of them away. And, as al­ways, we saw the in­cred­i­ble work of our emer­gency ser­vices, whose to­tal will­ing­ness to put them­selves in harm’s way was paid trib­ute to by both ev­ery­body at the scene, and in the re­port on the re­sponse to the at­tack that was pub­lished after­wards.

At a time where we could have so eas­ily given in to grief and de­spair, a clear and un­mis­tak­able mes­sage was sent. A clear and un­mis­tak­able mes­sage that, when faced with the spec­tre of ter­ror and ha­tred, Manch­ester will re­spond with the best val­ues of our city and our coun­try; re­spect, tol­er­ance, love, unity and com­mu­nity. It is these val­ues that will al­ways pro­vide us with the great­est re­sponse, and the great­est de­fence, to those who would wish to do us harm.

As we remember what hap­pened last year, it falls to us to con­tinue to pro­mote and de­fend the val­ues that we saw given form on Mon­day, May 22. Then, now, and in the fu­ture, we stand to­gether with the rest of Manch­ester and its peo­ple.

● Coun­cil­lor Brenda War­ring­ton

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