Blackpool pays tribute to Hartlepool woman killed in Manchester terror attack

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

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Tears have been shed in Blackpool for a school receptionist from Hartlepool who was killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Jane Tweddle, 51, the partner of former Hartlepool United star Mark Taylor, was one of the 22 people who died in the suicide bomb explosion after the Ariana Grande concert on Monday night.
The former Dyke House School pupil, who had moved to Blackpool and was working as a receptionist at South Shore Academy.

Jane Tweddle

Jane Tweddle

Pupils and staff from the school were among those who gathered outside Blackpool town hall in Talbot Square for a two-minute silence last night to remember her.

Blackpool's mayor Coun Ian Coleman and council leader Coun Simon Blackburn stood together on the town hall steps, leading the town in paying their respects to all the victims.

And Coun Blackburn, as well as expressing his sorrow for each of the victims of the attack, believed to have been carried out by 22-year-old Salman Abedi, had defiant words for those who would want to spread terror and discord in our communities.

Coun Blackburn said: "I want firstly to thank you for coming into the heart of Blackpool to join with us as we pay tribute to those, in particular our fellow Lancastrians, who were murdered on Monday night.

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

"We especially think today of Jane Tweddle."

He added: "I also want to pay particular tribute to those here today who I know were present in Manchester at the time of the attack.

"Your bravery in coming here today demonstrates the best of what it is to be British.

"We are all here today to reach out to their friends and families, to offer them a shoulder on which to cry, to share their tears of sadness but to show we remain alongside them in their hour of grief.

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

"We will remain alongside them as they rebuild their lives."

Coun Blackburn made clear those who plan and carry out such attacks as the one in Manchester on Monday evening would not change people's way of life.

He said: "These terrorists want us to live in fear, to hide away at home, to stop living life to the full, to stop enjoying travel, holidays days out with our friends and families and the joys of music, dancing and socialising.

"In this they have already failed.

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

"You, we, are here today.

"You, we, and hundreds of thousands of others will spend this bank holiday weekend in places such as Blackpool.

"You, we, will continue to live our lives exactly as before because we are not afraid."

Among the crowd outside the town hall were police officers, including the resorts Chief Inspector Lee Wilson.

Parliamentary candidates from both Labour and the Conservative party were present, standing together to pay their respects.

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool

Tributes to Jane Tweddle in Blackpool