Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Town Pays Colourful Tribute to Bombing Victims One Year On

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Town Pays Colourful Tribute to Bombing Victims One Year On

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Byline: CHRIS KNIGHT Reporter

ATOWN will turn pink and blue on the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing to remember two of their favourite children.

South Shields businesses and organisations are set to adopt the colours of the Together Forever Trust to pay tribute to young couple Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry.

The teenagers were among the 22 innocent concert-goers to lose their lives in the attack on May 22 last year.

The North East stood together to remember the victims, and grieving parents Mark and Lisa Rutherford, along with Caroline Curry, have since come together to establish the trust to celebrate their children's lives.

Now - to mark the devastating first anniversary - South Shields will be awash in a sea of pink and blue as the close-knit community comes together once again.

Chloe's heartbroken uncle Glenn Rowe has led the calls for individuals, businesses and organisations to unite - and believes the widespread gesture would show the family the love of the region.

He said: "I got the impression everyone was waiting for something to be announced as the anniversary date was approaching. "I was just thinking for Mark, Lisa and Caroline, they missed the wave of love that came from the North East in the days and weeks after.

"So I thought wouldn't it be a lovely idea to try and repeat that show of love?" Chloe and Liam were just 17 and 19 respectively when suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed them and 20 other fans at the Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017.

Talented singer Chloe was training for a career in music at Newcastle College, while Liam studied sport and exercise science at Northumbria University.

The Together Forever Trust has since been established to provide support to other talented youngsters as they explore their passions in music and sport. …

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