One Love Manchester benefit concert ‘too soon’ for some families

Ariana Grande will play in Manchester on Sunday. Picture: PA.
Ariana Grande will play in Manchester on Sunday. Picture: PA.

Families in South Tyneside who are still coming to terms with the terror attack in Manchester say it’s too soon to go back to the city for a benefit concert which will take place on Sunday.

A number of famous faces have been lined up to join singer Ariana Grande for The One Love Manchester show.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry.

Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry.

The American singer was left heartbroken when a suicide bomber struck at her gig in the city, last Monday, killing 22 people including South Shields couple Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17.

Their tragic deaths have not only devastated their families and friends but also the community of South Tyneside.

The show, at the city’s Emirates Old Trafford, will raise money for those affected by the blast.

People who were at the original show can go free and tickets for the rest are on sale from today.

Shana McCauley (left) who was at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester with mum Francine McCauley (right) and Jeanette Natrass.

Shana McCauley (left) who was at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester with mum Francine McCauley (right) and Jeanette Natrass.

Proceeds from the gig will go to the Manchester Emergency Fund to support the victims of the bomb attack.

But for some who were there on the tragic night, it’s too soon.

Francine McCauley’s 15-year-old daughter Shana was at the arena with a friend when she was caught up in the rush following the explosion.

The teenager had tried to help as many people as she could as she and her friend made their escape.

Cheryl McDonald and daughter Bryony.

Cheryl McDonald and daughter Bryony.

Her mum, who is a trauma specialist, has organised a memorial service for anyone who has been affected by the terror attack which will also take place on Sunday at the Clervaux Centre in Jarrow, at 6pm.

She said: “Shana won’t be going to the concert as it’s too soon to be travelling back to Manchester.

“It’s a beautiful thing what they are doing and for Ariana to let the people of Manchester know she is with them.

“But for Shana it’s too soon.”

Cheryl McDonald, was at the concert with her daughter Bryony. She said: “It’s a nice gesture I suppose, but I think it is too soon for the people that were there.

“I asked Byrony if she would want to go when I heard about it, and she said no straight away, no way would she go.

“I did give her the option, but I wouldn’t have wanted to go.”

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