Hotel tribute to South Shields teenagers killed in Manchester Arena attack

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry
Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry

A balloon release in memory of much-loved South Tyneside couple Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford who were killed in the Manchester bombing outrage, is to take place at the hotel where they worked.

Management and staff at the Hilton Hotel in Gateshead will gather outside the building, on Bottle Bank, tomorrow, at 3pm, in tribute to the teenagers who had touched so many with their kindness and love of life.

Balloon release in memory of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford at The Leas

Balloon release in memory of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford at The Leas

Liam, 19 and Chloe 17 were among the 22 people who lost their lives when a suicide bomber struck at the end of the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22.

Since their deaths, people across South Tyneside have come together to pay tribute to the pair, with a series of balloon releases.

Last week, Marsden Cricket Club, where Liam had played since the age of six, opted for a period of rapturous applause instead of a minute’s silence in honour of the couple, before balloons were then released, ahead of the club’s game against Castle Eden.

The game went ahead at the request of both families.

Tomorrow, pink and blue balloons will be released in their memory at the hotel in Gateshead.

Martin Robinson, general manager at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead said: “Everyone at the hotel will remember two wonderful members of our team, who brought so much happiness to those around them and who will be very sadly missed.”