CHERYL GIBBS: I'm scared at how a feeling of fear is now part of life

Once again I write this week's column with a heavy heart.

Friday, 26th May 2017, 7:01 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:04 pm
Floral tributes left outside Manchester Town Hall

Once again I write about a tragedy so great, so disturbing, that it leaves me speechless.

I genuinely have no idea what to say. What can one say when 22 innocent people have died in yet another completely senseless attack?

Thousands of people went to Manchester Arena to watch pop star Ariana Grande perform.

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Thousands went into that arena feeling safe, excited at the prospect of having an enjoyable evening with friends and family.

Twenty-two of them didn’t make it out. With more missing and many injured, I am left wondering what it’s all about.

Why? Why did someone think that their beliefs were greater than the lives of innocent people?

I honestly have no words, but it’s worrying how these kind of actions are becoming such a part of our lives that we’re not completely shocked by such breaking news.

It’s become part of our society now. I woke up to the awful news on Tuesday morning and was so deeply saddened. My heart goes out to everyone involved.

It scares me how this has become part of life now – this constant feeling of fear, the feeling that you’re never quite safe and that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you’re in a crowded place, a shopping centre or even on the train.

How many of you have had that feeling? I know I have and how deeply disturbing is that?

But once again I find warmth in how the good in most of us shines through at times of crisis.

People of all ages, backgrounds, races and religions came together to show their support in any way they could.

Me? I genuinely don’t know what to do or say any more.

We are talking about the deepest kind of evil, where people believe so much in their cause that they’re willing to kill innocent children who haven’t even had a chance to live life yet.

My only hope is that we don’t become a society that becomes used to this kind of behaviour, because that might just be one of the biggest tragedies of all.


Winter is coming’ - well maybe not quite yet, we’ve not even had a blooming summer yet.

But those three words have been made famous all over the world by Game Of Thrones star Kit Harrington – better known by fans of the show as Jon Snow.

I love that man!

He’s such a legend and not least because he’s so down-to-earth.

In a recent interview in Esquire magazine, Kit said that once the show finishes in 2018 he intends to take some time off, wanting to live a life of ‘relative obscurity’ for a while.

That may be hard to achieve for such a big star.

But I just think that it demonstrates the humble nature that makes him so attractive.


Baywatch and Quantico TV star Priyanka Chopra has come out in defence of her pal, fellow actress Meghan Markle.

On the Wendy Williams Show, the host referred to Meghan as ‘Prince Harry’s girlfriend’, to which Priyanka pointed out that she’s much more than that and has her own accomplishments.

Clearly she wasn’t happy at Meghan being defined by her relationship status and good on Priyanka for sticking up for her pal.

Although Priyanka has done quite a bit of TV and film now and is certainly making her way in Hollywood, she’s not a hugely well-known name (yet).

So I think it was refreshing of her to stick up for Meghan despite any potential backlash she may have received over her reaction.