I am not a Mancunian.
I have not been to Manchester since the bombing on May 22, 2017, but I doubt a day hasn’t gone by that I haven’t thought about it.
I can’t claim to understand what has happened there since that night, but I feel like I know the city has handled it well. I have visited the city many times, and never have I found a kinder, more considerate city. From the average person on the street always willing to help the lost American, to my one interaction with the police (I lost a phone, stop assuming I’m a criminal), the people of Manchester have never been anything but considerate. I have no delusions of it being some form of Utopia, mind you, but you would be hard pressed to tell me there is a friendlier city.
It’s one year on since the horrible events at Manchester Arena that claimed 22 lives and left others with a lifetime of misery. You aren’t forgotten, and you never will be.
In closing, I leave you with Tony Walsh’s poem, “This is the place” set to images from Manchester by YouTuber Chimneypot84. It’s well worth your time to give it a watch.
Thinking of you, Manchester.