Blackpool children of Manchester bomb victim ‘always grateful’ for help given to their mum

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Jane Tweddle
Jane Tweddle (Image: Arena Inquiry)

The daughters of “warrior mum” Jane Tweddle will “always be grateful” to those who did their best to help her following the Manchester Arena bomb.

The Blackpool mother of Harriet, Lily and Isabelle Taylor had accompanied a friend to Manchester whose teenage daughter attended the Ariana Grande concert on the evening of May 22, 2017.

Ms Tweddle, who moved to Blackpool from Hartlepool, was heading for the exit of the City Room foyer when the explosion took place and collapsed soon after.

A member of the public went to assist, together with a British Transport Police constable, after he saw her friend leaning over her and shouting for help.

He knelt next to her and tried to comfort Ms Tweddle, 51, the public inquiry looking in to the blast heard this week.

He went to check on his own daughter who was waiting in his car and when he returned the police officer was still there but he thought Ms Tweddle’s breathing had deteriorated and she was bleeding heavily. He continued to try and reassure her, he added, but believed he saw her die when he was with her.

Two police constables and an Arena first aider went on to perform CPR and a defibrillator was later used in a bid to revive her, but chest compressions were stopped at 10.59pm and Ms Tweddle was covered with clothing.

A post-mortem examination concluded she died from a neck injury and a later forensic pathological review found it was unsurvivable even with prompt medical attention at the scene.

Ms Tweddle’s daughter Harriet attended the inquiry with her partner Josh, while other family members watched from home.

Lawyer Duncan Atkinson QC read out a family tribute to a “much loved mum, daughter, sister, aunty and friend”.

Jane Tweddle, killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack
Jane Tweddle, killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack

He said: “She was her daughters’ warrior mum. She taught them to be kind and to stick together. She made their house full of love and laughter. Jane’s outlook on life continues to inspire them.

“Her daughters will always be grateful for those who did their best to help their beloved mum on the night of 22nd May 2017.”

Ms Tweddle, a receptionist at South Shore Academy high school in Blackpool, was “cherished ” by the young people whose lives she touched while working there, the inquiry heard.

Addressing her family, Sir John said: “Jane helped and inspired many young people but particularly her children in whose life she played a central part and still plays to this day. They are as devoted to her as she was them and she continues to inspire them.

“I particularly liked her response to her children when they asked what the time was – ‘it’s the time of your life, never forget it’. She lived by that motto and we can all learn a great deal from that. I’m sorry for your loss.”