A mum from Hartlepool who fled the Manchester terror attack with her teenage daughter says ‘you can’t live your life in fear’ as they hope to attend this weekend’s benefit concert.
Louise and Emily Anderson ran in terror from last week’s atrocity at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena when 22 people were killed and dozens critically injured.
Despite still suffering from the trauma, Louise and Emily want to return to Manchester for Sunday’s benefit concert staged by Ariana and a host of star acts in a show of defiance.
Fans who were at last week’s tragic concert were told that they could register for a free ticket to the benefit show.
But they are waiting to find out if they will get to go following reports of problems for people who originally bought tickets from different sellers.
Some of the biggest names in music will join Ariana Grande including Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Usher, Pharrell Williams and One Direction star Niall Horan will lead the line-up at the One Love Manchester gig at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford ground on Sunday.
Louise and Emily, 17, fled the arena unharmed last Monday night after hearing the bomb go off.
Louise said they are slowly getting over the shock but still get emotional suddenly.
Explaining why she and Emily want to be at Sunday’s benefit concert, Louise said: “We are a bit scared to go but you can’t live your life in fear.
“And secondly, I think it would be just such an emotional thing to be part of and anything that can help to raise money for the victims and their families is amazing.
“I am surprised that Emily wants to go as I thought she would never want to go to Manchester again after what happened.”
Louise also praised Ariana Grande’s decision to return to Manchester so soon to help the victims.
She added: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic. I feel so sorry for her.
“I think people forget that she is just a 23-year-old kid herself and must be going through hell the same as everybody else.
“I think she is very brave coming back.”
Louise, who is married to Radio Hartlepool presenter Jason Anderson, attended Saturday night’s candle-lit vigil at Jackson’s Landing.
Speaking of the after effects, she added: “It is taking a while to come to terms with.
“The slightest thing we are in tears all the time.
“You just don’t believe it will ever happen to you.”
There have been reports that people who bought tickets through a secondary seller, including websites Viagogo and Getmein, will not be eligible for free tickets which will go to the original buyer.
Louise got her and Emily’s tickets through online ticket supplier Viagogo and she is waiting to find out whether they will be able to go.
She said: “Apparently because we bought our tickets through Viagogo and not from Ticketmaster we may not be eligible for the free tickets.
“I have tried ringing up but they just tell you to contact the help centre, who are no help.
“I have seen other people who have been told they can’t have tickets.”
The Mail has aproached Viagogo for comment.
Chris Hope, 35, from Throston, who was also at last week’s concert with niece Elisha and has also applied for tickets for Sunday’s benefit show, but admits he is in two minds whether he will attend or not.
He said: “I’m a little bit unsure at the moment. If I do get tickets I’m thinking of going down.
“I think it will be hard especially for my niece because she was really traumatised.
“She didn’t go to school for the rest of that week.”
He also commended the gesture by Ariana of the benefit concert saying: “I think it’s amazing.
“Credit to her for wanting to come back and do it because she must be traumatised herself.”