Manchester terrorist attack: Wigan reacts

Flowers left close to the Manchester Arena, the morning after a suicide bomber killed 22 people
Flowers left close to the Manchester Arena, the morning after a suicide bomber killed 22 people

Wiganers have been expressing their shock and horror at the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

Residents took to social media after 22 people died and dozens were injured in the explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

Latics chairman David Sharpe‏ posted a picture of the city’s skyline and tweeted: “Our beautiful home city. Stay strong. Thoughts are with all #Manchester. ❤️

The club account @LaticsOfficial tweeted: “Our thoughts this morning are with all those affected by last night’s tragic events in Manchester.”

Wigan Warriors centre Oliver Gildart tweeted: “Glad my mum and sister are safe. Shocking what’s happening in this world”.

The club’s official account posted: “We are shocked and saddened by the terrible events in Manchester last night and our thoughts are with all those affected.”

Dawn over Manchester after the attack. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Dawn over Manchester after the attack. Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Pop star and actress Kym Marsh wrote: “I cannot believe what is happening. Praying for the people who lost their lives tonight in Manchester. Thoughts are with their families. x”

Fellow Coronation Street actor Georgia Taylor said: “My heart is broken this morning. I love you Manchester and last night you proved you have the biggest kindest heart. Xxx”

Indie-pop band The Lottery Winners from Leigh simply wrote: “HATE WILL NOT TEAR US APART.”

Wigan band Boomin tweeted: “Manchester will not be beaten. Always been our city home. Thinking of those who was injured and lost there lives. #unite #ManchesterArena”

Community groups in the borough also gave their reactions to the horrendous attack.

Wigan and Leigh Young Carers said: “Our thoughts & prayers go out to the victims & families of last night’s terrorist attack in #Manchester - in unity, we stand beside you .”