Taylor Swift praises Manchester’s "incredible resilience" after terror attack

Taylor Swift honoured the victims of last year’s Manchester Arena terror attack on Friday night.

The Love Story singer, 28, told more than 40,000 people in Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium that the city had showed that the victims would never be forgotten.

She said: "You’ve shown that you’re never going to let anyone forget about those victims.

"And you’ve shown that you have such incredible resilience to keep dancing and to keep the innocence and to keep the joy and keep the excitement."

Taylor added: "I just wanted to say, Manchester, it’s such an honour to be playing for you tonight."

The singer praised the city’s passion for music and said the deadly attack a couple of miles away at Manchester Arena, at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, was an "attempt to steal the innocence, steal the joy and steal the excitement".

Taylor was speaking as she kicked off the European leg of her Reputation tour in spectacular style.

She said the people of Manchester are "amazing" as she explained to what she said was a sold-out stadium why she wanted to play her first UK stadium gig there.

She told her fans: "This is a really special night for me and everybody on this stage."

She said she had never played a stadium tour in the UK before.

"You’re so amazing," she said. "That’s why I wanted to start the UK tour in Manchester."

Taylor’s Reputation Tour has packed stadiums in the United States with rave reviews.

Taylor delivered her speech on the terror attacks after walking the length of the stadium aboard a Tinkerbell-style gondola before performing one of her best known hits, Shake It Off, at the opposite end of the stadium to the main stage.

Before that, there were gasps from her screaming fans as a 60ft Cobra emerged behind their idol during Look What You Made Me Do.

Despite Taylor referring more than once to the "sold-out stadium" there appeared to be some empty seats on Friday.

She is playing the Etihad again on Saturday before moving to Dublin and then Wembley Stadium later this month.

Taylor told the crowd: "I really love the UK".

She told them how she had taken some time away from the limelight before making Reputation, explaining how she spent a lot of that time in this country.

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