Manchester residents offer roof & free rides to stranded concert-goers
Shortly after the news of the explosion broke, the Victoria train station was shut as a precaution, leaving hundreds of almost 21,000 people attending the venue stuck in the center of the city.
#roomformanchester. Anyone needing help or a place to stay tonight we are 10 minutes walk from the Manchester arena. Spare room and 2 sofas— Sophie T (@SophieTee2) May 23, 2017
I'm 10 mins away from the arena and if anyone needs food drinks or charge your phone or a sofa or anything get in touch #roomformanchester— Eamon (@eamonjohngannon) May 23, 2017
Locals quickly mobilized under the hashtag #roomformanchester to offer those in need a free ride or a spare bedroom.
Taxi drivers have also reportedly been offering their services for free.
Taxi drivers turning off their meters. Chippies handing out free chips. Hotels taking in scared kids. There's still goodness #Manchester— Igor Shteyrenberg (@igor_s__) May 23, 2017
A local Holiday Inn hotel reportedly sheltered some 60 youths who got separated from their families and friends amid the chaos that erupted following the blast.