Manchester’s Tony Walsh captures North-West spirit

The poet Tony Walsh, whose words at the Manchester bomb attack vigil moved many people, looks ahead after a difficult year.

Walsh, from Prestwich, has written a moving new poem extolling the virtues of the North West.

Also known as Longfella, was commission to write Up ‘Ere by BBC North West Tonight to celebrate the region’s strengths.

Up ‘ere recalls past events – including the 22 killed after the Ariana Grande concert in May and the deaths of 96 people due to the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster.

He also celebrates the spirit of those in north-west England and their “love shown as defiance”.

Up ‘Ere is a three-minute video that shows Walsh performing his work from the top of Blackpool Tower.

The video features still shots of places all across the North West and images of the aftermath of the Manchester terror attack.

Images of Liverpool and Anfield stadium, remembering the 96 who lost their lives in the Hillborough disaster, are also included.

The poem begins: “From up ‘ere you can see it all, in here and here you can.

“Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, Cumbria, Isle of Man

“From the front page to the back page, from the north, south, east and west.

“For lots of reasons, what a region, great by any test.”

TNT Arts & Culture

Photo Credit: Nathaniel Leahly

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