Travel industry bosses across the country have pledged their support to the families of a young South Tyneside couple killed in the Manchester bomb attack.
Chloe Rutherford, 17, and her partner Liam Curry, 19, were killed when a suicide bomber struck at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena in May.
Graeme Brett, owner of Westoe Travel, where Chloe worked, was invited to speak at the recent Travel Weekly Agent Achievement Awards.
The prestigious event, held at the Park Plaza Westminister in London, was attended by almost 1,000 senior figures from the travel trade.
Mr Brett said: “It was very emotional to speak in front of so many people and pay tribute to two wonderful people.
“There was total silence while I spoke, and they played a video of Chloe singing Somewhere Only We Know, which her family had kindly agreed could be played.
There was total silence while I spoke and they played a video of Chloe singing ‘Somewhere Only we Know’Graeme Brett
“I was greatly honoured to have been given the opportunity to pay tribute to Chloe and Liam, and the support and applause for them was amazing.
“The organisers also asked those attending to pledge to support the efforts of Westoe Travel to raise money to support the families.”
Mr Brett, through his company, is hoping to raise £10,000 for the couple’s families with the support of colleagues in the travel industry and local businesses.
Together Forever The Big Prize Draw will run until the end of next month, with the winners drawn on August 31.
Prizes include return flights for two people to Dubai, a holiday for two to Bulgaria, a Michael Kors handbag, holidays, hampers and shopping vouchers.
Tickets, priced £5, are available from Westoe Travel, 120 Westoe Road, South Shields.
For more details visit www.togetherforeverthebigprizedraw.com/tickets.htm