Peter Kay greets We Are Manchester crowd in his ‘arena uniform’ as he speaks of ‘painful’ four months following terrorist attack

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Peter Kay greets We Are Manchester crowd in his ‘arena uniform’ as he speaks of ‘painful’ four months following terrorist attack

Peter Kay looked visibly moved as he spoke to the crowd at the We Are Manchester concert.

The re-opening was an emotional night for Peter who has a long history with the venue, from working there as a steward to watching big name acts and eventually performing huge sell-out shows himself during his record-breaking comedy tours.

Bolton boy Peter walked out to huge cheers from the crowd – not least because he arrived wearing his old arena uniform.

Clad in a bright yellow fleece, Peter addressed the 14,000 attendees: “Hello everybody. You alright?’

Peter spoke to the crowd in his Arena uniform
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The comedian walked out to huge cheers
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Noel Gallagher leads rapturous singalong of Don’t Look Back In Anger as he brings star-studded We Are Manchester concert to a heart felt close

“I first got a job working at the Manchester Arena in 1995 as a steward.

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“I went to Fountain Street job centre and got an application form,” he told them.

Peter continued: “I went on a two day training course and I worked here for four years and I was here on the opening night 16th July 1995.”

He added: “It’s an absolute honour to be here tonight for the reopening.

“I’ve seen a lot of happiness and joy in this building and in this room.”

Peter introduced headline act Noel
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The funnyman then spoke poignantly about the night of the attack.

“These four months have been incredibly painful, horrendous is putting it lightly.

“That’s why you’re here – because we can’t let terrorists win,” he said to huge cheers once again.

The Car Share star then took to the job at hand – introducing headline act Noel Gallagher.

Noel performed a rousing rendition of Don’t Look Back In Anger
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Pixie Lott opened up the benefit gig
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“Mr Manchester… all the way from London,” he joked as the man himself walked across the stage and shook Peter’s hand.

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Noel then closed the show with a medley of hits – including Oasis anthem Don’t Look Back In Anger.

He had been joined on the starry line up by stars including Rick Astley, Pixie Lott and the Courteeners.

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