Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham has spoken this morning of the “spirit of Manchester”, hailing those who “opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger” in the minutes following the bomb attack on Manchester Arena.
As always, our emergency services were the first to rush towards the scene of the attack and have been working through the night to save the lives of survivors and keep the rest of us safe.
Stories have also emerged of the solidarity shown by everyday heroes who did whatever they could to help those fleeing the scene of the attack.
Here’s a few…
Taxi drivers like AJ Singh (pictured below) turned off their meters to drive people, some of them wounded, away from the scene of the attack to find family and friends or to the hospital:
— Elaine Willcox (@ElaineWITV) May 23, 2017
Taxi drivers, hotel workers and the emergency services have worked through the night to help those caught up in the Manchester attack pic.twitter.com/9FhngeMReO
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 23, 2017
Manchester residents have pointed out that many of the taxi drivers who worked through the night for free are Muslims:
FYI: The majority of taxi drivers in/around Manchester are Muslim and they are currently doing a lot to help. They aren't the bad guys.
— georgecrump. (@ourkidgeorge) May 22, 2017
Hotels such as the Holiday Inn and Premier Inn immediately threw their doors open to offer survivors, many of them unaccompanied children, accommodation:
ATTENTION: The Holiday Inn nearest to the Manchester Arena have taken dozens of kids who have been separated from their parents tonight.
— The Manc (@TheMancUK) May 22, 2017
Others residents threw open the doors to their homes to those affected by offering their help through the #RoomsforManchester hashtag on Twitter and Facebook:
I live in Manchester, if u need help/somewhere to crash let me know #RoomForManchester ❤️
— Sarah de Warren (@sarahdewarren) May 23, 2017
— Sarah Donohoe (@donohoe_sarah) May 22, 2017
Sikh temples and chip shops in Manchester responded by providing free food:
— Harjinder S Kukreja (@SinghLions) May 23, 2017
Taxi drivers turning off their meters. Chippies handing out free chips. Hotels taking in scared kids. There's still goodness #Manchester
— Igor Shteyrenberg (@igor_s__) May 23, 2017
Meanwhile there are queues outside blood donation centres in the city, although the emergency services say they have all the supplies they need:
— Channie_Mac (@channie_mac) May 23, 2017
Scrapbook salutes the spirit of Manchester…