- Title: Manchesterâ€™s historic resilience helps a community in grief
- Date: 24th May 2017
- Summary: CLOSE OF NEWSPAPER HEADLINE
- Embargoed: 7th June 2017 16:12
- Keywords: security forces in streets grief shock unity laying flowers for victims Manchester attack
- Location: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,International/National Security
- Reuters ID: LVA0026I78KEF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Armed police were highly visible on the streets of Manchester on Wednesday (May 24) following Monday night's suicide bombing.
Outside the city's main train station people arrived for work as the city attempted to get back to normal in the wake of raw grief and shock at youngsters being targeted at a pop concert.
The city's historic strength of character and grit through tough times was hailed by locals who are known as Mancunians or Mancs.
"Manchester has a proud history of being resilient. You know it is a strong city built on the cotton industrial revolution and people are very strong and they are going to keep going," said one woman.
In an estate agent's window, glossy photos of properties for sale were replaced by dozens of "I love Manchester" signs.
Flowers, teddies and balloons were left at monuments in the city centre as people wept reading the messages of sympathy for the victims.
One card read: "RIP (Rest in Peace) Little Angels, may you sleep tight."
The attack on Monday at Manchester Arena, killed at least 22 people and wounded 59 when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.
Britain increased its security threat level to "critical" from "severe" on Tuesday (May 23) following the attack and Britain's Interior Minister Amber Rudd confirmed on Wednesday that the government had triggered Operation Temperer, a security measure allowing military personnel to be deployed at key sites.
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