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23rd May 2017

James Corden sends a moving tribute to Manchester following terror attack

"When I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there"

Darragh Berry

James Corden has paid a heartfelt tribute to the people of Manchester following the terrorist attack in the foyer of the Manchester Arena.

The 38-year-old expressed his sadness and shock at the horrific attack, while honouring the city and people of Manchester.

His American late-night talk show, The Late Late Show, had already been taped prior to the attack, but Corden added an additional segment to accompany the show as it went to air.

“Good evening. While taping our show earlier tonight, we heard the horrific news coming out of Manchester in England,” said Corden, tears forming in his eyes.

“There had been an incident at Ariana Grande’s concert. We still have no real information about what’s happening. All we know is the tragic news that there are multiple fatalities, and many injuries.

“It shocks me every time we hear this sort of news that attacks like this can happen, but especially when there will be so many children at this concert tonight.

“Many of you won’t have ever been to Manchester, but you will definitely have heard of it. It’s famous all over the world for so many wonderful things. Great football teams in Man City, Man United. It’s famous for incredible music – Oasis and Joy Division.

“It was the birthplace of the leader of the suffragettes; it’s the home of the inventor of the first computer. It’s a place full of comedy and curries and character.

“But when I think of Manchester, the place that I know, I think of the spirit of the people there. And I’m telling you, a more tight-knit group of people you will be hard-pressed to find.

“Strong, proud, caring people with community at its core. And if it was even possible, the spirit of the people of Manchester will grow even stronger this evening.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester tonight. We’ll all go to bed, holding our little ones even tighter this evening.”