Vigil for victims of bombing

Morpeth Mayor Nic Best addresses the vigil at The Amnesty Peace Garden next to The Chantry on Saturday. Picture by Doug Harrison.
Morpeth Mayor Nic Best addresses the vigil at The Amnesty Peace Garden next to The Chantry on Saturday. Picture by Doug Harrison.

A vigil was held in Morpeth on Saturday following the atrocity in Manchester.

Twenty-two people were killed and more than 60 injured after a man set off a bomb in the foyer at Manchester Arena on the evening of Monday, May 22.

Morpeth Mayor Nic Best was among those present at the vigil, which took place at The Amnesty Peace Garden next to The Chantry.

He said: “I am proud that people in Morpeth wanted the vigil for the Manchester bombing victims both as individuals to share in the grief and express our compassion for the victims and their friends and families, and as a community to show solidarity with the people of Manchester and with them express our defiance against all those who would use such atrocities to instil terror and fear.

“There are those who say that holding a vigil achieves nothing and that practical support is what is needed. And yes, practical support is needed and, for example, I understand that the local Red Cross is talking to Morpeth Lions Club about a possible street collection, while many shops are already collecting.

“But I also believe that the vigil sends a message of solidarity and compassion from Morpeth to the people of Manchester.”

Northumberland County Council opened a book of condolence following the attack. It is still available to sign at the reception area in County Hall, Morpeth.