UK News 'Show of British spirit': Manchester Arena reopens

07:15  09 september  2017
07:15  09 september  2017 Source:   news.sky.com

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Buzz Express. Home UK ‘ Show of British spirit ’: Manchester Arena reopens . Four months after a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena the venue re - opens on Saturday night with a benefit show .

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Manchester Arena will re-open on Saturday night © Getty Manchester Arena will re-open on Saturday night

Four months after a terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena the venue re-opens on Saturday night with a benefit show.

Headlined by former Oasis star Noel Gallagher the show will raise money for a permanent memorial to the victims who died in the atrocity.

Comedian Russell Kane, who is hosting the event, told Sky News: "I like to think this show is typical of the British spirit, the way we hit back.

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"We pick up our guitars if we're Noel Gallagher, we pick up our microphones and tell jokes if we're Russell Kane, and we have a gig, we have music, and we show how strong we are."

Comedian Russell Kane is hosting the benefit gig © Sky News Screen Grab Comedian Russell Kane is hosting the benefit gig

Twenty-two people were killed and 250 were injured when a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-filled bomb as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the arena on 22 May.

Among the arena's 14,000-strong crowd tonight will be relatives of those who died, and survivors.

Stuart Murray's stepson, Martyn Hett, was one of those killed.

Helpers attend to people inside the Manchester Arena © PA Helpers attend to people inside the Manchester Arena

Mr Murray said he had mixed emotions about visiting the venue: "It brings a lot of images and feelings and thoughts as I come here and I suppose we've been through so much that I can suppress them but yes there's a lot going through my mind."

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Manchester Arena reopens with charity gig Jump to media player Music fans return following a terror attack in May that killed 22 people. Map shows Manchester Arena Jump to media player Aerial image of Manchester Arena , where last night's attack took place.

Manchester Arena will reopen for the first time since the May terror attack with a benefit concert to honour the 22 people killed. Comedian Russell Kane, who is hosting the event, told Sky News: "I like to think this show is typical of the British spirit , the way we hit back.

But he said he supported "the show must go on" approach by the city of Manchester.

"It's something you just have to do. The human species has to do this. It has to pick itself up and carry on."

Additional security measures have been introduced since the bomb attack and the sell-out crowd is being asked not to brings bags.

Arena general manager James Allen said a lot of work had been done to ensure people were protected both physically and mentally.

"There will be people who have difficult memories and we've considered that. We are working very closely with family liaison and the Foundation for Peace, and we have support here on the night not only for the public but for staff and anybody who needs assistance."

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