Pink and Blue Day: South Tyneside remembers Liam and Chloe as hundreds honour couple with tributes and fundraising
Chloe, 17 and Liam, 19, were among the 22 people who tragically lost their lives in the terrible incident on May 22, 2017.
Each year, on the anniversary of the atrocity, they are remembered on what has become known as Pink and Blue Day, which sees South Tyneside unite in wearing the colours linked with the couple.
Hundreds of businesses have pledged their support, with many donating to the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust – a charity set up by Chloe’s parents, Lisa and Mark Rutherford, and Liam’s mum, Caroline Curry.
The charity in their memory grants bursaries to help aspiring young performers and sportspeople on their way to fulfilling their potential.
South Shields Town Hall will be lit up pink and blue and will fly the charity’s flag to mark the day.
South Tyneside Council leader Councillor Tracey Dixon, said: “The community of South Tyneside will once again come together to remember Chloe and Liam.
"I hope the continued support of the community will help both families through this difficult time.
“In their honour, we will light our beautiful Town Hall and fly the flag of the Together Forever Trust which was set up in their memory.
"In doing this we not only continue to celebrate the lives of this wonderful young couple; we also aim to remind people that their legacy lives on through the trust which keeps their memories alive by helping other young people to follow their dreams.”
Chloe’s mum Lisa Rutherford has thanked all those taking part as the families mark another year without the precious couple.
She said: “We are overwhelmed at the amount of people and businesses getting involved, especially during such a difficult time for everyone with the Covid 19 pandemic, for this fourth year anniversary.
"We are so proud of the love and support shown to our amazing children Chloe and Liam.
“We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for keeping the kids in their hearts and helping us continue to create a legacy.”
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