Mossley vigil marks first anniversary of Manchester Arena terror attack

AS Mossley held a vigil to mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack, it was of special resonance to teenager Natasha Clays-Jones who was at the Market Ground.

Natasha Clays-Jones and sister Talia at the vigil in Mossley

The 16-year-old, from Carr Hill Road, Mossley, was attending the Ariana Grande concert when a bomb was detonated in the foyer at the end, killing 22 and badly injuring a further 100.

Natasha, a pupil at Mossley Hollins High School, was at the concert with friends Keavy Smith and Aimee Midgley.

She attended the vigil with sister Talia, 11, and brother Nathan, 24.

Natasha has also been in contact with Tony Walsh, who wrote the iconic poem ‘This Is The Place’ in the aftermath of the terror attack.

Past mayor Cllr Chris Lyness read a poem which she anonymously received from somebody called Nev.

Father David Warner, from St John’s and St George’s, gave an address after which music from Ariana Grande was played.

It was during the music that Town Mayor Cllr Irene Raddings lit a candle while others present laid flowers and messages and other items were hung to the railings.

Father David added that candles were lit at St John’s at 10.31pm, the time the bomb was detonated and remained so for 22 minutes, one minute for each of the victims.



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