Poet Tony Walsh reads his poem This Is The Place @longfellapoet (May 2017)

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Published on May 23, 2017

Poet Tony Walsh became an instant symbol of Manchester’s defiance in the face of terror after reading his powerful ode to the city at a vigil to victims of the Manchester bombing.

Addressing thousands gathered at Manchester’s central Albert Square, the poet – known as ‘Longfella’ – gave a recital of his poem This Is The Place that paid tribute to the city’s rich history as an industrial and musical powerhouse.

It captured a recurring theme of how the area will not be cowed by extremism after 22 people were killed and scores injured by a suicide bomber.

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