Heartfelt messages and floral tributes from a town devastated by the loss of two of its brightest stars have been laid at two locations in South Tyneside.
The deaths of Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17, as a result of Monday night’s terror attack in Manchester, has rocked the close knit community.
Tributes to the pair, described as “inseparable”, are being left outside South Shields Town Hall - where hundreds of people gathered on Thursday to remember them and the other 20 people killed in the atrocity.
Flowers are also being left outside the Customs House, at Mill Dam, South Shields, where Chloe - a talented performer - had appeared on numerous occasions.
Messages on cards, reveal the sorrow and the heartache felt by not only family and friends but also strangers who had all hoped and prayed for their safe return.
One message left read: “To Chloe and Liam, Although we did not know you personally, we are absolutely heartbroken for you, your families and friends.
“We pray they will find the strength and courage to get through this difficult time.
“The sky will shine bright tonight as heaven has gained two beautiful angels.
“Never forgotten.” Another read: “Such a sad and pointless loss. R.I.P Chloe and Liam.”
While a card amongst the tributes said: “Sending much love and strength to all of the people affected by this awful incident.
“To Liam and Chloe and all of their families, South Shields will not forget you. Two lovely young people, you will stay in our hearts.”
As yesterday continued, the sea of floral tributes at both places grew as more people visited to lay their own tributes to the couple, who had touched so many hearts in their short lives with their kindness, love of life and for each other.
A couple who their home town of South Shields will never forget.