CORONATION Street and Emmerdale stars have paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing five years on.
Today marks the tragic five-year anniversary since 22 innocent lives were lost on May 22, 2017, at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.
Lisa Riley, 45, and Andy Whyment, 41, have shown their respect to those who lost their lives.
ISIS-inspired terrorist Salman Abedi, 22, set off a shrapnel-packed homemade bomb hidden in a rucksack as he waited in the foyer of the arena at the end of the gig.
The suicide bomb killed Abedi, as well as innocent men, women and children.
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Alongside a picture of northern city’s symbol of a bee and the names of those who died, she told her 185k followers: “WE WILL NEVER FORGET!🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 .
“This treacherous terror attack – innocent victims who were watching the @arianagrande concert at Manchester Arena #OneLoveManchester, #ManchesterRemembers #WeStandTogether #arianagrande #machester #manchesterarena
“Don’t just share this today on social media because everyone else is….
“Really really really think about what happened on that day… and say a little prayer for all the families and friends…who will be feeling agony today 💛🙏🏻💛🙏🏻💛🙏🏻💛.”
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Andy wrote on an Instagram post: “5 years on we remember them 🐝🐝❤️❤️❤️.”
Those who sadly lost their lives were John Atkinson, Courtney Boyle, Philip Tron, Kelly Brewster, Georgina Callander, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, Liam Curry, Chloe Rutherford, Wendy Fawell, Martin Hett, Alison Howe, Lisa Lees, Megan Hurley, Nell Jones, Michelle Kiss, Angelika Klis, Marcin Kliss, Sorrell Leczkowski, Eilidh MacLeod, Elaine McIver, Saffie Rose Roussos and Jane Tweddle.
On Friday night Coronation Street paid an emotional tribute to the victims in a touching scene.
Soap veterans Gail Platt and Eileen Grimshaw, played by actors Helen Worth and Sue Cleaver, were seen placing flowers at a memorial bench in a community garden.
The garden was built at the ITV studio in honour of the victims, including Corrie superfan Martyn Hett, nel 2018.
A plaque also in the garden reads: “For Martyn and all those who lost their lives on the 22nd of May 2017. We stand together.”
Gail and Eileen, who have clashed over the years on the ITV soap, came together to mark the anniversary.
“It’s a lovely bench, non è vero??,” Gail said in the moving scene.
Eileen replied: “è, it’s just a crying shame it even has to be here.
“Five years on Sunday,” Gail commented. “lo so,” Eileen replied back.
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Gail said: “Could have been any one of us, couldn’t it, any one of us from this street.”
“Ecco come rinnovare totalmente la tua casa senza infastidire il tuo padrone di casa, nipoti,” Eileen agreed.