A teenage girl has returned to Manchester Arena less than four months after she was badly injured in a suicide bombing at the venue.
Millie Robson – 15 at the time of the attack – said going back was one of the hardest days of her life.
The youngster was left with shrapnel wounds to her legs after terrorist Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb after an Ariana Grande concert in May.
Twenty-two people were killed and scores injured.
Robson revisited the arena on Thursday ahead of its re-opening on Saturday, which will see a benefit concert held to raise money for establishing a permanent memorial in the northern English city.
today was one of the toughest of my life. revisiting manchester arena and seeing the place where my life changed forever is something i couldn’t even think about doing a few months ago. nevertheless, today surrounded by my family & best friend we allowed ourselves to gain closure from the difficult visit & truly showed me and laura how lucky we were that night. life is so precious & shouldn’t be taken for granted. ever. my heart is still and forever will be in manchester, for now however, im moving on from this heartbreaking chapter of my life as a much better person and im so excited to see what the future holds. thank you again for the ongoing support & love.💛🐝
She wrote: “Just visited the arena again, literally has helped me so much and gave me so much closure.
“It was such a huge eye-opener though. If I was even slightly in a different direction I’d most likely wouldn’t have survived.
“I feel so lucky and blessed to say I survived that night and I’m determined to live my life to the fullest, not just for those we lost, but for myself.
“Today was one of the toughest of my life.
This is actually just so good. The Queen visits Millie Robson, 15, in hospital after the Manchester attack. [image: REUTERS/Peter Byrne] pic.twitter.com/ycX3yHqmw6— Luke Appleby 🇳🇿 (@lukeappleby) May 25, 2017
“My heart is still and forever will be in Manchester, for now however, I’m moving on from this heartbreaking chapter of my life as a much better person and I’m so excited to see what the future holds.”
The line-up for Saturday’s concert, which was sold out, included Noel Gallagher, formerly of Oasis, one of the most successful bands to emerge from Manchester.
Also performing will be local poet Tony Walsh, known as Longfella, who moved crowds to tears at a vigil in central Manchester the day after the attack with his poem “This Is The Place” which celebrates the spirit of the city.