Vigil set to be held in Sunderland for victims of Manchester bombing

A woman prays as she views floral tributes left outside St Ann's Church, Manchester, following the Manchester Arena bomb attack. Picture by PA.

A woman prays as she views floral tributes left outside St Ann's Church, Manchester, following the Manchester Arena bomb attack. Picture by PA.

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The people of Sunderland are being invited to show solidarity with victims of the Manchester bombing tomorrow.

A vigil is to take place in Keel Square, in High Street West, following the tragic events of Monday night.

It will see the community come together to pay their respects to the 22 people who lost their lives in the bombing at the Manchester Arena, and demonstrate their support for the dozens more who were injured or caught up in it.

The bombing took place at the conclusion of a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.

Tomorrow's vigil has been organised by Emma Robson, 27, from Sunderland, with people expected to meet at 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start.

Emma will host the event alongside Zaf Iqbal, the chairman of Sunderland Together, while Rev Chris Howson, the chaplain of the University of Sunderland, will also speak.

A prayer will be said before the vigil closes with the playing of an Ariana Grande song.

Emma said: "It's the first time I've organised an event like this, but it felt like the right thing to do because everyone has been so shocked by this.

"We're hoping that there will be a good crowd as people come together to pay their respects.

"I like to attend events like this to show solidarity, and they always bring communities together."