Balloon releases planned in honour of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry who lost their lives in the Manchester bombing.
Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry who lost their lives in the Manchester bombing.
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Pink and blue balloons are set to fill the sky along the coastline in memory of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford.

The loving young couple from South Shields were among those killed in the Manchester bomb blast on Monday night.

Several balloon releases are being planned for tomorrow night in memory of the pair.

Shanice Martin, 15, who knew Liam as a child, has organised a release of pink and blue balloons to take place at The New Inn pub in Biddick Hall, South Shields at 5pm.

And, Laura Hall, 32, who worked with Liam's late father, Andrew, is organising for people to gather at the Marina in Seaham at the same time to release the balloons.

Both hope it will show the families of Liam, 19, and Chloe, 17, that they are in the thoughts of everyone.

Chance 2 Dance in Sunderland's Bonner's Field is also planning to hold a balloon release at 6pm tomorrow night outside the studio and anyone is welcome to go along.

Mum-of-three, Laura, a care worker in Murton, said she worked with Liam's dad, Andrew, at the Hilton Hotel in Newcastle and he sadly lost his battle with cancer two months ago, aged just 49.

She said: "I can't believe this has happened, it is just awful. I didn't really know Liam and Chloe, but his dad would talk about his family and they sounded very loved up.

"His dad was such a gentleman, he absolutely adored his job and when he passed away it hit the Hylton staff really hard."

Shanice, who lives on the Scotch Estate in Jarrow, said: "My aunt lived in the same street as Liam and I used to go there all the time when I was little.

"I would love to see the sky filled with blue and pink balloons for them. I just want to show some respect for the families and South Shields is a nice place when it comes to something like this and people have big hearts."

Christine Young, 33, who runs Chance 2 Dance, said Chloe's aunt and cousin are heavily involved in the dance world and they have competed at competitions together.

She said: "It's very real and close to home with the deaths of Chloe and Liam, the dance world is a small place and I feel we need to show our respects.

"We talked about it with the children at dance school and they wanted to do something and the balloon release is what we decided on.

"Id really like to gather and show our respects at this very sad time to all that have lost their lives in this awful awful attack."