Call to unite in tribute to Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry by wearing pink and blue
People across South Tyneside are being called upon to help turn the borough blue and pink on May 22 in tribute to Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry who were killed in last year's Manchester Arena bomb attack.
The date has been firmly etched on the broken hearts of the couple’s family and friends as they continue to live each day without the pair described by those who knew them as “perfect” for each other.
Today, Chloe’s uncle Glenn Rowe, is appealing to schools, businesses and individuals to get behind a campaign to turn South Tyneside blue and pink in honour of the much-loved couple, but also as a sign of unity in a stand against terrorism.
He also hopes the day will help to raise funds for the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust created by their families to support the talents of young people in the field of sport and performance and to give them the chance Chloe and Liam were robbed of.
Chloe, 17, was a talented performer while Liam, 19, was a skilled cricketer.
The couple had been enjoying a night at the arena watching Ariana Grande when a suicide bomber struck.
When news of their deaths broke, it led to an outpouring of grief from across South Tyneside and beyond by those who had known the pair, as well as strangers whose hearts had been touched by the shocking events that had unfolded that night.
Glenn said: “I’ve had a lot of people saying they wanted to do something to mark the day of May 22.
“I was just sitting one day and thought the simplest but most effective thing would be for people to wear pink and blue on the day,
“It lets their families know that people are thinking about them. But it is also of unity in a stand against terrorism.
“Since it was mentioned, we have had hundreds of schools, clubs and businesses say they will be taking part. We have also had support from around the world from as far away as New Zealand and California.
“We would love to turn South Tyneside pink and blue for the day in honour of our angels and others killed and injured that night.”
People are asked to wear pink and blue and to post a picture of themselves on Facebook.
People can also make a donation to the trust by visiting the Chloe and Liam Together Forever page on Facebook.