Books of condolence opened for South Shields teenagers after deaths in Manchester atrocity

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry had been at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry had been at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
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People in South Shields are being given the chance to pay tribute to Manchester bombing victims Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry.

The teenage couple, from South Shields, are among 22 people who died in Monday's suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena.

Books of condolence for the pair have now been opened at South Shields Town Hall, after a minute's silence was observed outside the building earlier today.

The books are available for signing by visitors in the old reception area of the town hall, during normal office hours from Monday to Friday.

They can also be signed between 10am and 4pm this Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Coun Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “We are extremely saddened by the news of Chloe and Liam’s death and send our deepest condolences to their family and all of their friends.

"We have offered our support to the families and are working closely with our school communities to do whatever we can to support them at this difficult time.

“We are all shocked and horrified by what happened in Manchester this week.

"We are absolutely devastated by the tragic injuries and loss of innocent young lives in such a callous and cowardly attack.

"Chloe and Liam had so much to look forward to and were simply enjoying life at a pop concert.

“We must stand together at times like this and show real defiance against those who are intent on destroying our way of life and dividing and spreading fear in our communities. They will not win.

“Our sympathies, thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families and friends of the victims of this atrocity"