Wednesday 17 October 2018

Mary Kenny: Generations in harmony

Music brought together mothers and daughters at the tragic Manchester event

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Mothers and daughters: daughters with their mothers: that was one of the most striking images that emerged from the terrible Manchester atrocity. Ariana Grande's concert attracted, overwhelmingly, an audience of young people - which turned a wicked massacre into a tragedy of even greater dimensions - but it was evident that the family attendance was inter-generational.

Perhaps the most enduring picture from the Manchester Arena was that of Millie Kiss, aged 12, being tended by a woman police officer - an oversized coat around her shoulders to keep her warm from chill and shock - as her mother Michelle, aged 45, who was with her, died from the bomb blast.

Aunts as well as mothers were with the girl fans. Hollie Booth (11) was with her mother Claire and her aunt Kelly Brewster: it was a night out for the three of them. Hollie survived because her aunt, Kelly, shielded her from the blast - and died herself. Grandmothers were there too. Pauline Healey was with her 14-year-old grand-daughter Sorrell Leczkowski. Sorrell died: Mrs Healey was seriously injured.

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