A Dronfield student has told of the heartbreak of children shouting ‘I’ve lost my mummy’ after the terror attack in Manchester.
Journalism student at Manchester Metropolitan University, Alicia Hattersley, was at the Ariana Grande concert at the arena with friends when the bomb went off.
Alicia said: “We stood up ready to leave and there was a massive bang - the loudest noise I have ever heard in my life.
“Me and my friend were under the seats trying to hide, and then all of a sudden everyone shouted ‘run’
“There were kids screaming ‘I’ve lost my mummy’.
“What I saw was horrendous and it will stay with me forever.”
Writing on her journalism university blog, Alicia said: “The concert had literally just ended. Ariana had been off stage for all of a minute. We stood up ready to leave and there was a massive bang - the loudest noise I have ever heard in my life, my ears are still ringing.
“We were all taken aback and all of a sudden screaming and crying and everyone to the left of us was running in sheer panic. We knew then it was something bad. We knew it wasn’t a speaker but we were hoping it wasn’t what we thought it was. We could see young girls tumbling down the stairs to get away from the explosion. It was about four tiers away from us to the left.
“There were kids screaming ‘I’ve lost my mummy’.”
“Me and my friend were under the seats trying to hide, and then all of a sudden everyone shouted ‘run’ so we sprung up and ran to the stairs where thousands of people were running trying to get down the stairs.
“There were children crying and parents screaming that they had lost their family. We ran down the flights of stairs which felt like hundreds of flights but it was also so quick, we could see from the windows that below us people were running for their lives out of the main arena entrance.
“You could see the arena staff and stewards and security had no idea what was happening, there was no announcement just screaming everyone was running for there lives.
The final-year university student said it was ‘chaos’ outside and that emergency services were at the scene within minutes.
Alicia added: “What I saw was horrendous and it will stay with me forever - the bang and screaming keeps replaying in my head.
“It was a huge explosion but I am so shocked and keep shaking and crying. It won’t sink in how many lives have been lost. I did not think it would be this many.
“Coming to Manchester for uni has been amazing the best place ever. I love it here but Mancs are resilient and we will be brave through this.
“I also want to say that what I saw was horrendous but by no means is what I have experienced anything compared to those who were just four tiers away from where we were sat and were in the middle of it all. My heart goes out to those who have died been injured or lost their family.”