MANCHESTER

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I couldn’t go the day without writing something about the attack which today has hit my city. I live and work not far from the events which unfolded late last night and the one thing that has struck my about the City today is not a sense of fear but a feeling of defiance, strength, goodwill and community, a sense of solidarity and the northern grit which helps us to deal with events like these.

I was at the vigil tonight with so many others and it didn’t just feel safe, it felt like home.

And they left us a spirit. They left us a vibe. The Mancunian way to survive and to thrive and to work and to build, to connect, and create and greater ― Manchester’s greatness is keeping it great.

And so this is the place now with kids of our own. Some are born here, some drawn here, but all call it home.

And they’ve covered the cobbles, but they’ll never defeat, all the dreamers and schemers who still teem through these streets

Because this is a place that has been through some hard times: oppressions, recessions, depressions, and dark times.

But we keep fighting back with greater Manchester spirit. Northern grit, northern wit, and greater Manchester’s lyrics

And these hard times again, in these streets of our city, but we won’t take defeat and we don’t want your pity.

Because this is a place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, greater Manchester forever.

A section of the Poem by Tony Walsh 

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