Ge­orgina bench un­veiled at work

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APERMANENT memo­rial has been un­veiled at the work­place of Manch­ester Arena bomb vic­tim Ge­orgina Callan­der.

Ge­orgina, 18 when she died, worked part time at the Booths store in Hes­keth Bank while at­tend­ing Run­shaw Col­lege.

The Tar­leton teenager was the first vic­tim to be named af­ter Sal­man Abedi det­o­nated a bomb af­ter an Ari­anna Grande con­cert at the arena in May.

Her col­leagues and fam­ily have now united to un­veil a plaque and bench in her name out­side the store where she had worked for about a year-and-a-half. Her friends at the store said she loved work­ing there and that it was like a sec­ond home.

Booths has also paid for a puppy to be trained as guide dog, named Ge­orgie in her hon­our.

The memo­rial was un­veiled at a cer­e­mony on Satur­day morn­ing (De­cem­ber 2), with fam­ily and friends join­ing store staff.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Booths’ board of di­rec­tors and Lan­cashire po­lice were also present, while the cer­e­mony also in­cluded a per­for­mace by Hes­keth Bank Brass Band.

The store man­ager said: “Over the sum­mer, the fam­ily and Booths de­cided they wanted to do some­thing. They were very keen to get this to­gether and it was quite touch­ing to be in­volved with it on the day.

“Be­cause Ge­orgina was so happy work­ing in this en­vi­ron­ment it was like a sec­ond home to her.”

Ear­lier this year, her mum, Les­ley, re­vealed that Ge­orgina had earned an un­con­di­tional of­fer to study at for a de­gree in pae­di­atrics at Edge Hill Univer­sity in Orm­skirk.

Les­ley said: “She was so ex­cited about it be­cause she’d wanted to do that since she was about 11.

“It is ob­vi­ously sad for us be­cause we were so ex­cited for her when she got the news that she was off to uni, but we are just so proud of what she achieved.”

Les­ley Callan­der, above, un­veils the plaque to daugh­ter, Ge­orgina, top; left, crowds gather for the un­veil­ing and bal­loon re­lease

Pic­tures: GRA­HAM MORE­TON Tar­leton Pho­tog­ra­phy

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