Mum’s story: Lucy Chidgey tells of her children’s anxiety about going to a concert after the Manchester attack

Lucy Chidgey, mum of two, took her daughters to see Little Mix in Birmingham in November 2017 as a Christmas treat for her girls.

However, Lucy booked the tickets way before the Manchester attack in May and explained how this event changed the tone of her daughters’ present.

“To be honest I was apprehensive about going myself and I’m an adult! I obviously didn’t say anything but there was an underlying thought of what had happened.

“I couldn’t get it out of my head before or after the concert.”

Lucy explained how her eldest, Holly, 12, kept saying ‘what happens if it happens again with the bomb?’

“I didn’t really go into too much with her because I didn’t want her saying it in front of my 7-year-old, Sophie, who didn’t even think of it.”

The mother wasn’t sure what to say in response to her worried child. She feels that a set of guidelines would be really useful.

“I didn’t want to say too much otherwise I may have scared them more.

“I kind of played it down because of the younger child, which to be honest made it easier to deal with.”

Holly had seen coverage of the Manchester bombing which killed 22 at an Ariana Grande concert last May, on the news.

“One of the boys in Holly’s tutor class went to the Ariana Grande concert the night before it happened and they discuss news items at school so it must have been talked about then.”

The girls did enjoy themselves and didn’t say anything about terrorism after the show, however Lucy wasn’t sure If they were thinking about it or not.

For next time Lucy will be able to use a set of guidelines which can be found here.



Featured Image: (Left to right) Holly, Lucy and Sophie Chidgey read to see Little Mix in Birmingham.


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