Royal Wedding Invites for Grandma of Bomb Victim and Charity Worker

By Yarwood, Sam | Manchester Evening News, May 19, 2018 | Go to article overview

Royal Wedding Invites for Grandma of Bomb Victim and Charity Worker


Yarwood, Sam, Manchester Evening News


THE grandmother of a young girl killed in the Arena blast and a charity stalwart are among dozens of people from Greater Manchester attending this weekend's Royal wedding.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will tie the knot on Saturday in a ceremony watched by millions across the globe.

They will be married at midday at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, then the couple will take part in a horse-drawn carriage procession around the town.

Fans have been camping out on the surrounding streets since for several days and 'dress rehearsals' took place on Thursday morning.

Around 600 people have been invited to the service which takes place at St George's Chapel on Saturday May 19 and 2,640 members of the public have been invited to celebrate the day in Windsor Castle grounds including 1,200 people, who have demonstrated strong leadership in their communities.

Sharon Goodman is the grandmother of 15-year-old Tottington schoolgirl Olivia Campbell-Hardy, who died in the Manchester attack almost 12 months ago.

She is attending the She was hard wanted wedding as the guest of Amelia Mae Thompson, another young Ariana Grande fan who was caught up in the atrocity.

Amelia explains The 12-year-old escaped from the Arena physically uninjured, but has been left deeply traumatised by what she saw.

Amelia, from Sheffield, travelled down to London on Thursday with her mum Lisa Newton, who nominated her for the place.

She said she couldn't wait for the big day.

"I'm really excited and I'm really looking forward to seeing Meghan's dress and getting dressed up myself."

going through a time and I just to put a smile on her face." Mae Thompson her decision to invite Sharon Goodman Amelia said explained she met Ms Goodman after doing a photoshoot in which she paid tribute to those who lost their lives.

When asked why she wanted to take her as her guest, she replied: "She was going through a hard time and I just wanted to put a smile on her face."

Debra Green OBE, from Altrincham, is one of the 2,640 members of the public to receive an invite to the castle grounds for the wedding.

The 60-year-old is the director and founder of Trafford-based charity Redeeming Our Communities (ROC) which works to bring communities together and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Debra said she feels honoured to have been asked to attend.

Campbell-in the "It's certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity," she said. …

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