THOUSANDS of people attended a vigil in Manchester last night, less than 24 hours after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the MEN arena.
59 people are still in hospital after the attacker walked into the foyer and detonated an improvised explosive device as concert goers left an Ariana Grande concert.
Georgina Callander, 18, Saffie Rose Roussos, 8, John Atkinson, 28, and Olivia Campbell, 15, are the first to be identified as being among the dead.
This morning Prime Minister Theresa May raised the terror threat to critical saying another attack could be ‘imminent’.
The bomber has been identified by British authorities as Salman Abedi and is believed to have studied at The University of Salford.
Nicola Bolton, 44, was at the concert with her daughter Lucy, 11, when she heard a “really loud bang”.
Mrs Bolton said: “It’s so cruel. There were so many kids. There were lots of little tots.”
As she made her exit through “screaming” and “hysteria” she tried to keep her daughter calm by telling her it was just a balloon popping near a speaker.
The vigil is just one of the ways Manchester came together and showed incredible spirit in the aftermath of the attack.
A Just Giving page set up by the Manchester Evening News has already reached more than £600,000 in a matter of hours and stories of heroism and kindness continue to emerge.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Speaker John Bercow and Home Secretary Amber Rudd joined Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham on stage and poet Tony Walsh performed ‘This Is The Place’ to a cheering crowd.
Greater Manchester Police have set up an emergency number 01618569400 for anyone concerned about loved ones.