Major pre-organised events still to be held in Manchester city centre despite terror attack

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Several key events prearranged for Manchester will still go ahead – though planners are anticipated to increase security after the suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Many thousands of people are projected to pour into Manchester for big events and gigs as the city attempts to recover from the worst terrorism attack the North of England has ever witnessed.

Organisers of the Great Manchester Run – set to take place on Sunday have established the event will continue as intended.

The Great City Games on Friday evening in Deansgate will also stay as programmed.

Meanwhile, The Courteeners have confirmed their show at Emirates Old Trafford – a sell out to a crowd of 50,000 – will also be taking place this weekend.The Middleton band have established they will perform at their enormous hometown show on Saturday, where they will be united by The Charlatans, Blossoms and Cabbage.

Additional security checks will be in place at the venue on Saturday and fans are recommended to allow additional time for travel and to get past the gates.

Gig-goers are asked not to carry bags with them and everybody entering the location will be subject to a detailed search. Items such as flares, pyros and smoke canisters will not be allowed in.

In an announcement, Lancashire County Cricket Club, which possesses the site, said: “We have been working closely with the bands, the promoter, the police and other authorities with regards to the planning for the Courteeners concert here on Saturday 27 May.

“Following advice and guidance from all parties we can confirm that Saturday’s sell-out concert will be going ahead as planned.”

Ticket holders are advised to keep checking the newest advice and updates at lccc.co.uk/courteeners in the approach to the performance.

Take That have postponed their last three shows at Manchester Arena though.

The band – who also deferred a show in Liverpool meant to take place on Tuesday night – have decided not to go forward with gigs on May 25, 26 and 27.

In a statement, Manchester Arena said: “Due to the tragic events of Monday night and the ongoing police investigation, the scheduled Take That concerts for Thursday 25th, Friday 26th and Saturday 27th of May have been postponed. Further details will be released as soon as possible.”

Further down the line, music festival Parklife, which is set to take place at Heaton Park on June 10 and 11 and draws about 65,000 individuals, will continue as normal and organisers are working with police and security services over safety measures.

“Our thoughts are with those affected as well as the emergency services working tirelessly to keep us safe in all that we do,” the organisers said.

“Parklife will go ahead as planned, and we are continually liaising with the security and local police to ensure the safety of our customers. We are certain we will not be defeated by such cowardice.”

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