Manchester's city games begin but events around UK are cancelled

Great CityGames get under way, but some concerts – as well as Chelsea FC’s victory parade – have been cancelled in wake of bombing atrocity

Manchester’s Great CityGames began as scheduled on Friday with the women’s pole vault kicking off events in Albert Square, where days earlier thousands had gathered for a vigil following the terror attack on Manchester Arena.

Speaking near the 200m running track set up on Deansgate, a major thoroughfare that leads towards the arena, the Olympic hurdles medallist and BBC commentator Colin Jackson said it was right that the event went ahead.

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