Manchester Arena attack victims remembered in TV special - as extra tickets for opening concert go on sale

A documentary filmed about the Manchester Arena attack remembered the 22 victims, including Blackpool's Jane Tweddle, last night.

Wednesday, 30th August 2017, 10:06 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:47 pm
Jane, 51, was killed in the Manchester Arena attack

'Manchester: 100 Days After the Attack', which aired on ITV at 9pm, told the story of the attack by a suicide bomber on Ariana Grande's pop concert, which seriously injured a further 59 people.

Viewers heard from the families of those killed, and from some of those affected, three months after the atrocity.

Its powerful and emotional interviews and scenes drew praise on social media.

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Professional boxer Anthony Crolla tweeted to his 158,000 followers: "Heartbreaking this on ITV. Can't even imagine what the families are going through. God bless them x"

And the NHS's Give Blood service said: "Love each other dearly always. There is scarcely anything else in the world but that: to love one another. #MCR100DAYS"

Jane, 51, was a receptionist at South Shore Academy. She was with a friend collecting the friend's child when the homemade bomb went off, fatally wounding her.

The mother-of-three was described as an 'incredible, strong, loving daughter' by her parents last week.

Alan and Margaret Tweddle, who live in Hartlepool, said: "To the world, Jane was simply one woman, but to us, her daughters, her family and those closest to her, she was the world.

"Jane’s legacy is her family and will live on through her daughters, her brother and everyone she inspired and touched in her life."

Jane's daughters Harriet Taylor, Lily Taylor, and Isabelle Taylor has previously said: "There are no words for how we feel - our mum was every part of us.

"She is our strength, our laughter, our inner warrior, our kindness and our compassion.

“Forever we will hold on to those traits for it is our mum who instilled them in us.

“If you knew our mum well enough you’d know she didn’t have the greatest luck in the world, and we think back to that night and if only she had one second of luck on her side we wouldn’t be writing this.

“But then we thought maybe our mum was the only person who was strong enough to have all this bad luck and to keep on going, keep on smiling, to keep on helping other people, going out of her way to make sure everyone around her was smiling.

“Our mum never gave up on smiling and being happy. Our house was full of laughter and love - mum was always going out of her way to make sure us girls were happy, even if she had a bad day she’d still put all her effort in to crack a smile out of us.

“She’d pull the oldest tricks in the book to get us laughing, pretending someone was pulling her from the other side of the door with her own arm and going crossed eyed was her favourite.

“She was our mum, our best friend, our everything. “She taught us everything we know, raised us and she was the light of our life and it’ll never be as bright without her.

“She will always be with us, the three of us together are our mum and we will do our best in life to make her so proud.”

Saffie Roussos, Georgina Callander, and Michelle Kiss were the other victims of the attack from Lancashire.

This morning, more tickets were released for a benefit concert which will mark the reopening of Manchester Arena.

The venue will open its doors for the first time since the May 22 terror attack on September 9, with the We Are Manchester concert.

Tickets for the event sold out after going on sale earlier this month, but organisers said more tickets were due to go on sale at 9am today.

Stand-up comic Russell Kane has been announced as the host for the night, which will feature performances from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Courteeners, Blossoms, Rick Astley and Pixie Lott.

All profits from the event will go towards the Manchester Memorial Fund, a charitable trust set up to raise money for a permanent memorial for victims of the attack.

Tickets for the benefit concert cost £25 and £30 plus booking fee.

They can be booked at or by calling 0844 847 8000 and at or by calling 0844 844 0444.