Thousands of people gathered in the centre of Manchester in a show of defiance yesterday evening, declaring they will not be afraid in the wake of the terror attack.

The crowd erupted into applause as the vigil began, and Lord Mayor of Manchester Eddy Newman said it was a chance to "express solidarity" with the victims.

The square later fell silent as they remembered the lives of those who died.

The author of a poem which stirred the emotions of mourners at a vigil said it was a "privilege" to read it.

Tony Walsh delivered a version of his poem This Is The Place, an ode to the city of Manchester and its people, to a packed Albert Square.