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Siblings caught in concert terror return to Manchester Arena six months on

Siblings caught in concert terror return to Manchester Arena six months on
‘Bad memories were replaced with great ones’ (Picture: Max Thorpe)

Two siblings shared a touching photo after returning to Manchester Arena, six months after 22 people died in a terror attack.

Max Trobe, 18, and his little sister Martha Lynch, 10, were in the crowd at the Ariana Grande concert in May.

Although they weren’t injured in the blast, they were caught in the aftermath and the scenes of chaos as people tried to escape.

‘Tonight I brought my sister back to Manchester Arena for the first time since the Ariana Grande concert, and thanks to Little Mix bad memories were replaced with great ones,’ Max wrote on Twitter.

His post has been shared thousands of times after it really resonated with people.

Tears in my eyes.. you guys are so brave! I’m happy you enjoyed the little mix concert ?

— WOLVES. (@gomezorgocyrus) November 23, 2017

‘Just shown my sister the response to this tweet and we’re both blown away by all the amazing comments,’ he added. ‘It would mean the world to us if Ariana Grande or Little Mix noticed it too!’

Max told the BBC: ‘My sister’s still very naive to the situation, she fell straight asleep on the night of the attack because she thought it was a balloon, but to me, going back was a big deal and a tough decision.

‘She really wanted to go, and I thought, if Martha can do it, I can do it.

He described covering Martha’s eyes as he saw bodies on the floor trying to leave the arena six months ago, panicked they could become separated in a stampede.

But this time, he said he felt safe with metal detectors and security staff checking each entrance, and people laughing and having fun.

Siblings caught in concert terror return to Manchester Arena six months on
Thousands of tributes were left for the victims of the attack (Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire)

‘The memories of the night of the attack are still there, but they’re now in the back of my mind, and the memories of the Little Mix concert on Tuesday night are what I think of first when I think of the arena,’ he said.

‘The bad memories have been replaced with good ones.’

Manchester Arena reopened for the first time in September, with the We Are Manchester benefit concert.

Emotional scenes saw tearful concert-goers gathering amid heightened security at the re-opening.

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