People Sang "Don't Look Back In Anger" After A Silence For Victims Of The Manchester Attack

    The crowd in Manchester's St Ann's Square joined one woman in spontaneously singing the Oasis song.

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    The end of a minute's silence honouring the victims of the Manchester attack in the city's centre was followed by the crowd spontaneously singing "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis – one of the city's most famous bands.

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    Guardian reporter Josh Halliday filmed the crowd quietly joining in with the song, which was followed by applause and chants of "we love Manchester".

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    Noel Gallagher, who was the lead guitarist for Oasis, shared Halliday's video, adding the comment " Mancunians".

    Noel Gallagher / Twitter / Via Twitter: @NoelGallagher

    Lots of people said they found the song incredibly emotional.

    I don't get emotional often but when the crowd sang Oasis' 'Don't look back in Anger' I got a lump in my throat.

    Everyone singing don't look back in anger after the minute silence in Manchester omfg my heart

    Was in St Ann's Square for the minutes silence and my heart broke when the crowd broke into don't look back in anger by oasis 💔😭 #Manchester

    After the minute's silence was observed at Manchester Piccadilly station "Don't Look Back in Anger" was played over the tannoy, and at least one radio station followed broadcasting the silence with the song as well.

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    Guardian reporter Halliday spoke to the woman who was the first to break into song in St Ann's square. Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow told him:

    I love Manchester and Oasis is part of my childhood. Don't look back in anger, that's what this is about, we can't be looking backwards to what happened we have to look forwards to the future. We're all going to join together, we're all going to get on with it, because that's what Manchester does.

    Earlier this week students at Chetham's School of Music, which is close by the Manchester Arena where 22 people died, also broke into an impromptu rendition of the song in tribute to the victims.

    The song was released by Oasis in 1996, and was the Manchester band's second No. 1 single.

    Many people were visibly moved during the minute's silence, wiping away silent tears or openly crying.

    Afterwards people queued to leave tributes of flowers and balloons, or light candles, while others gave out free food and drink to other people there.

    Sally Trafford, 21, from Didsbury, was at the vigail, and told BuzzFeed News she knew someone who was at the arena on the night of the attack. "I've got a child too, it's just really devastating what happened," she said.

    "I don't think anyone expected it. It's one of those things you hear about but think it would never happen to you, but it happened so close to home, it's awful."

    Hannah Al-Othman / BuzzFeed News

    Sally Trafford

    Matthew Riding, 23, said he attended the silence in St Ann's "just to show my support. I'm from Manchester, I always have been, I work in Manchester. It happened right next to where I work, I've been unable to work this week because it's shut down because it's a crime scene."

    He told BuzzFeed News: "It has affected everybody in some way. Everybody in Manchester has at some point been to the arena to see a concert, or knows somebody who has. Take That were there the week before, it could have been then, you just never know."

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    Matthew Riding

    Sarfraz Malik, 62, from Prestwich, who attended the vigil with his wife Kalsoon Malik told BuzzFeed News: "We're part of a family of four generations who've lived, worked, and served in the city of Manchester. My mother and father died in Manchester, my children were born in Manchester, my grandchildren were born in Manchester.

    "We're Mancunian through and through, we're part and parcel of Manchester, and like all good Mancunians we stand side by side together in our sadness."

    Hannah Al-Othman / BuzzFeed News

    Sarfraz and Kalsoon Malik

    71-year-old John Kitto said: "I came here just to be with everybody else, showing our sadness and our sorrow for what happened."

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    John Kitto

    He added: "It certainly helps to be here. It's unity."

    Sea of floral tributes in St Ann's Square today.



    Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Matthew Champion at matthew.champion@buzzfeed.com.

    Hannah Al-Othman is a political correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Hannah Al-Othman at hannah.al-othman@buzzfeed.com.

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