WITH the Manchester bombing still very raw in my mind I am sure like me, there are many struggling to come to terms with an atrocity like this right on our doorstep.
Like many others I have been a frequent visitor to Manchester and the Arena for many years with my wife and daughters and never once did I go fearing we may never return.
People more qualified than me don’t have the answers and I certainly don’t pretend to have them.
If someone has no value on their own life there is little one can do to stop them taking others.
These random attacks of terror are certainly on the increase and we all need to be more vigilant than ever before.
But the one thing we must try and do is carry on as normal and continue to go about our daily lives, enjoying what we do, attending pop concerts and sporting events because if we don’t – the terrorists have won.
As we witnessed after the Manchester bombing, most people are good and will go to the aid of those in need, sometimes putting themselves at risk.
There were many acts of bravery in Manchester and there are many acts of kindness in our local communities.
So let’s all try and learn from this latest atrocity and make a promise to ourselves to #WeStandTogether and always do our best for our local communities whatever our religion, race or creed.
If we educate our youngsters to adopt this stance we can hopefully one day live safely in our communities.