A massive crowd in Manchester, England, joined together in song on Thursday to honor the victims of the deadly suicide bombing that killed 22 people and injured at least 119.
After a moment of silence in St Ann’s Square, one woman began singing Oasis’ popular track “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” Soon, the rest of the crowd joined in, with many wiping tears from their eyes.
Josh Halliday, a reporter for The Guardian, captured and uploaded the footage to Twitter, writing, “Goosebumps! The amazing moment Manchester crowd joins in with woman singing Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger after minutes silence.”
In an interview with PEOPLE, Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow, the woman who kicked off the musical tribute, said it touched her heart to have the crowd join in. “A couple of people started singing behind me and then some people shouted out, ‘Come on, sing up,’ and everyone started joining in. It was beautiful, I got goosebumps. It was such a lovely moment.”
The choice of the Oasis classic was a poignant one. “The song has just been in my head the last few days and it says it all: ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ is what Mancunians do. It’s a very Mancunian sentiment. When bad things happen we come together. We find the love rather than the hate.”
She adds, “You can just feel the love. The whole of Manchester is overwhelmed with love – people are hugging each other in the street and talking to strangers to ask if they’re OK. It’s not been an easy week. It’s been horrendous.”
The 32-year-old, who works as a customer services assistant for Virgin Media, is a poet, performer, and volunteer for a charity called Sparkle. She was born in the city and has lived there all her life.
She says she and her wife Nickie are very active in the LBGT community.
She didn’t expect to be singing, and didn’t even record her rendition of the song. Thankfully, others did.
“It was just so surreal – it was a real spontaneous moment. I first thought, ‘Are people going to hate this and think it disrespectful?’ But people joined in and loved it and at the end lots of people came and gave me a hug to say thank you. The response has been unbelievable.”
The moving display comes nearly three days after Salman Abedi, 22, detonated an improvised explosive device near the ticket office outside Manchester Arena, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. The explosion occurred at around 10:33 p.m. local time.
Manchester police have said that Salman Abedi was part of a larger terrorist network and that he didn’t act alone, and officials have arrested several others in connection with the incident.
According to multiple reports, Abedi’s father and younger brother were arrested in Libya, and Libyan authorities alleged Abedi’s younger brother had planned an attack in Libya.
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Messages of support and declarations of solidarity have poured in from around the world in the wake of the attack. Celebrities and politicians alike have spoken out about the incident as officials working on the biggest summer tours take a closer look at security measures.
Grande spoke out about the devastation in a tweet following the incident, writing, “Broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
—REPORTING BY SIMON PERRY