You might not have known much about Manchester before today. Please don’t focus on the images and videos you might have seen of the aftermath.
This is the place where the women’s suffrage movement was born, the home of the Co-operative movement, where computers and graphene were developed. Where most of the best music of the past 40 years was made, where the biggest gay area of Europe was created.
This is the place where people have spent all day driving stranded people home, where thousands offered spare beds to those who are stuck.
I grew up less than 15 miles from here, in a small town up in the hills where, on a clear day, we could see the skyscrapers on the horizon, could dream of the excitement of the city. I’ve lived down here for 12 years and I know people must think this about all kinds of places but it really is a special city. You’re a fucking lion, Manchester, and I’m so proud to call you home.