Following a moment of silence in St. Ann’s Square, a woman began singing Oasis’ song “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, and the rest of the crowd soon joined in. The scene was captured by Josh Halliday, a reporter for the Guardian, who posted a video of the crowd on Twitter.
“Goosebumps!” he wrote. “The amazing moment Manchester crowd joins in with woman singing Oasis – Don’t Look Back in Anger after minutes silence.”
Lydia Bernsmeier-Rullow, the 32-year-old woman who began singing the song, said in an interview with People she was touched when those around her joined in the emotional tribute. “It was beautiful, I got goosebumps. It was such a lovely moment,” she told the magazine. Oasis formed in Manchester in 1991.
Bernsmeier-Rullow, who was born in Manchester and has lived there her whole life, said the song captured the feeling of her city.
“The song has just been in my head the last few days and it says it all: ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ is what Mancunians do. It’s a very Mancunian sentiment,” she told People. “When bad things happen we come together. We find the love rather than the hate.”