VIDEO: Hundreds turn out to Buxton candle vigil for Manchester victims

More than 200 people attended an impromptu candlelight vigil in Buxton to show their support after the Manchester terror attack.

A total of 177 candles were lit yesterday evening (Thursday) at the bottom of The Slopes as 220 people paid their respects during the two-hour vigil.

Crowds start to gather at the bottom of The Slopes for a candle lit vigil after the Manchester attack

Crowds start to gather at the bottom of The Slopes for a candle lit vigil after the Manchester attack

Organiser Ruth Eyre said: “For a small town we showed a lot of love.”
The Buxton Studio Choir performed three songs at the vigil; Hallelujah, Sweet Dreams and Lean on Me.

Ruth said: “It was a magical moment and one that will stay with me for a long time.

“It was so nice to see everyone come together and when the choir started singing it not only made me smile but made cry too. It was so beautiful.”

The explosion happened at the end of a pop concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the entrance of Manchester Arena on Monday night, killing 22 people including young children and injuring 119 more.

Candles in the well as part of Buxton's vigil on The Slopes

Candles in the well as part of Buxton's vigil on The Slopes

Ruth said: “We are so close to Manchester and I think people need to come together at times like this.

“We stood shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with Manchester and let people in the High Peak have an outlet for their love and grief.”

Since the attack the UK’s security level is at its highest for a decade and the armed forces have been deployed to assist police across the country.

As the vigil was only announced hours beforehand, and some people were unable to attend, there will be second vigil on Bank Holiday Monday at 6.30pm.

Messages of support at Buxton's candle vigil at the bottom of The Slopes

Messages of support at Buxton's candle vigil at the bottom of The Slopes