Borough falls silent to honour victims of Manchester bombing

Mayor Norma Redfearn joins staff from Leeds Building Society in the minute's silence to honour the victims of the Manchester bombing. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Mayor Norma Redfearn joins staff from Leeds Building Society in the minute's silence to honour the victims of the Manchester bombing. Picture by Jane Coltman.

North Tyneside came to a standstill this morning to remember those killed in the Manchester attack.

Shoppers, businesses, staff and more joined others around the country in holding a minute’s silence at 11am today (Thursday).

The minute’s silence was to honour the 22 people killed and 59 injured in the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday night.

Thousands of people gathered in the heart of Manchester city centre for the silent vigil.

In North Shields, shoppers stopped to pause to remember the victims. They were joined by Mayor Norma Redfearn and staff from Leeds Building Society who were preparing to officially open the new look branch.

Overnight, it was confirmed that South Shields teenagers Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford were among the 22 victims.

Among the tributes for the pair were poignant words from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, for whom Liam had raised money for.

A spokesman for the Foundation said: “We are devastated to learn 19-year-old Liam Allen-Curry and his girlfriend, Chloe Rutherford, are among the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

“Liam was an outstanding young man and a great credit to his family.

“At 14, he began fundraising for us after his Granddad, Jack Allen, was diagnosed with cancer and he proudly completed a Coast to Coast cycle ride.

“Cruelly, his Dad, Andrew Curry, was also diagnosed with cancer and died in March this year.

“Liam continued fundraising during his Dad’s illness and undertook a 260 mile sponsored cycle ride from Calais to Paris and a Great North Run to help raise funds for us.

“No words can adequately convey feelings at a time like this. Our thoughts are with Liam’s loved ones and all the victims’ families and friends.”