A parade to celebrate South Shields FC winning the FA Vase has been postponed because of the Manchester bombing tragedy, it has been announced.
More than 20 people were killed and dozens injured when a bomb went off at Manchester Arena on Monday night following the end of a concert by pop star Ariana Grande.
Chloe Rutherford, 17, of Marsden, South Shields and her boyfriend Liam Curry, 19, of Biddick Hall, South Shields, were at the concert on Monday night and their frantic families are appealing for information about the pair who are still missing.
South Shields FC beat Cleethorpes Town 4-0 at Wembley on Sunday to win the Vase and were due to enjoy a parade through the town sometime this week.
It is understood it was due to take place on Thursday but will now be held on another date.
On behalf of South Shields FC and South Tyneside Council, a spokesman said: “South Tyneside Council and South Shields FC had been working together to prepare a homecoming parade to celebrate South Shields FC’s FA Vase victory at Wembley.
"However, in light of the tragic events in Manchester and devastating consequences on those affected, we believe that this is not the right time to stage a celebratory event.
"Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of the victims of this atrocity.”