South Shields bombing victim's grandmother calls for support at cricket game tonight

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, died in the Manchester bombing.

Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, died in the Manchester bombing.

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The grandmother of Manchester bombing victim Liam Curry has called on people to pay their respects to the former cricketer and his girlfriend tonight.

Liam and girlfriend Chloe Rutherford are among the 22 victims of the suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena on Monday.

Liam Curry had represented Marsden from the age of six.

Liam Curry had represented Marsden from the age of six.

The teenage couple, from South Shields, were regulars at Marsden Cricket Club, for whom Liam played from the age of six.

Marsden are taking on Castle Eden at Jack Clark Park, on Horsley Hill Road, from 6pm tonight.

A minute's silence will be held before the game, and there will be a dedicated area at the ground for people to leave flowers and cards.

There are hopes that plenty of people will attend to pay their respects.

Margaret Curry, Liam's grandmother, posted on Facebook: "Hope as many people as possible turn out to watch Marsden 1st 11 play cricket tonight in respect of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford at Jack Clark Park from 6pm."

A Marsden Cricket Club statement had yesterday said: “Following communication with Liam’s family, we have decided to go ahead with our First XI fixture at Jack Clark Park.

“We feel that this will provide people with an opportunity to come together and show unity and strength as we pay respects to two amazing young people.

“We will hold a one minute silence prior to the commencement of the game at 6pm. We’ve had a number of messages regarding flowers and cards, if anybody wishes to leave them, there will be a dedicated area upon arrival.

“The club have no fixtures on Saturday but our All Stars Cricket, Under 11 and Academy fixtures will also go ahead as scheduled on Sunday, with our Academy fixture now being played at the Jack Clark Park.”

There will also be balloon releases in memory of the pair tonight.

Pink and blue balloons will be released at The New Inn pub in Biddick Hall, South Shields at 5pm.

There will also be a balloon release at the same time at the Marina, in Seaham, and an hour later at Chance 2 Dance, in Sunderland's Bonner's Field.