A minute's silence is to take place at South Shields Town Hall in tribute to Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford.
South Tyneside woke up to terrible news this morning after Greater Manchester police overnight confirmed the teenagers' deaths following the Manchester Arena suicide bomb attack on Monday.
South Tyneside Council leader Iain Malcolm paid tribute to the couple as he announced there would be a minute's silence held on the steps of South Shields Town Hall at 11am this morning, and said everyone was welcome to join staff and councillors in the solemn tribute.
He said: “We are extremely saddened by the news of Chloe and Liam’s death and send our deepest condolences to their family and all of their friends. We have offered our support to the families and are working closely with our school communities to do whatever we can to support them at this difficult time.
“We are all shocked and horrified by what happened in Manchester this week. We are absolutely devastated by the tragic injuries and loss of innocent young lives in such a callous and cowardly attack. Chloe and Liam had so much to look forward to and were simply enjoying life at a pop concert.
“We must stand together at times like this and show real defiance against those who are intent on destroying our way of life and dividing and spreading fear in our communities. They will not win.
“Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends of the victims of this atrocity"