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Tribute to South Tyneside Sweethearts

Communities across South Tyneside are set to come together to remember a much loved couple on the first anniversary of their death.

A special tribute will take place on Tuesday 22 May in remembrance of Chloe Rutherford and Liam Curry, who tragically lost their lives during the attack on the Ariana Grande music concert at Manchester Arena in May last year.

Local people are invited to gather at the front of South Shields Town Hall as the Mayor of South Tyneside leads a minute's silence at exactly 10:31am, before laying flowers on the Together Forever memorial bench.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson said: "The loss of these two young lives and their story of love really touched the hearts of so many people across South Tyneside. It is clear that our communities are still feeling this loss as much now as they did one year ago.

"Chloe and Liam remain in our thoughts and it is only right that we mark the first anniversary of their death with a special tribute at their memorial bench at the front of South Shields Town Hall.

"It is sure to be an extremely poignant event where we take the opportunity to stand together to show unity and solidarity once again while celebrating the lives of this wonderful young couple and everything they represent."

South Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Homes and BT South Tyneside will also join communities across the UK to observe a national silence at 2:30pm in memory of all those affected by the events of 22 May 2017, in which 22 people were killed and hundreds left both physically and mentally injured.

And South Shields Town Hall will be lit up pink and blue - the colours of the Together Forever Trust.

The Together Forever Trust was set up by the families of Chloe and Liam to celebrate their young lives while helping to inspire and support children to achieve and reach their potential in sport and performing arts.

Chloe, aged 17, was a gifted performer and lover of music whilst 19-year-old Liam was a keen sportsman and talented cricketer.

The Together Forever Trust has been selected by the new Mayor, Councillor Stephenson, as one of the good causes to benefit from this year's Mayor's Charity Fund.

The Mayor added: "The Together Forever Trust is such a worthwhile cause, helping aspiring children and young people to realise their ambitions. It is a lasting legacy to Chloe and Liam and is a wonderful way of making sure their memories live on in helping others in their local community to follow their dreams. I'm delighted to be able to support it during my year in office."

For further information about the trust visit the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust's Facebook page.

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