I went into Manchester today. I needed some shopping but I also went to St. Ann’s Square to see the flowers and balloons left after the bomb a week ago. I’ve often felt ambivalent about people leaving flowers in this way but it was rather emotional. People were coming from all directions with bunches of flowers and it was moving to see children taking such care over writing messages. Some were writing in chalk on the pavement, others attaching the messages to their flowers. Most people I know, knows someone who was at the concert.

I had organised a coach trip to Manchester on Tuesday, the morning after the bomb, for some of the Friends of Farfield Mill in Cumbria. Several people didn’t come but I decided to continue with the trip. We have to carry on living our lives as normal as we can. What else can we do?

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