Emotional scenes as mother describes last time she saw terror victim Georgina

Georgina Callander.
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The family of 18-year-old Georgina Callander have released balloons in her memory at a memorial in Manchester’s St Ann’s Square.

The Runshaw College student died in the Manchester Arena bombing after travelling to see her idol Ariana Grande.

A floral tribute to Manchester terror attack victim Georgina Callander at Runshaw College, where she was a student.

A floral tribute to Manchester terror attack victim Georgina Callander at Runshaw College, where she was a student.

This afternoon the family of Georgina, from Tarleton, near Preston, went to the square in Manchester, which has become the focal point for thousands of floral tributes.

Her mother Lesley, who was also at the Arena, has described the moment she found her seriously injured daughter lying on a stretcher.

She told ITV News: “It was just a flicker of hope that she’d move her hand or move her leg or try and open her eyes a little, just to acknowledge that I was there, just to let me know that she was very, very poorly but she knew that I was there.”

The teenager, who had previously met American pop star Grande and posed for photos with her, had gone to see the concert with friends.

Her mum described her and her friends as “laughing and giggling together” before going in to the gig.

“I took some photos of them together before they went in and gave them a big hug and said just have an amazing time. Off they went, they were just laughing and giggling together,” she told ITV News.

Lesley and Georgina’s father Simon then released yellow balloons in memory of the teenager, who has been described as “a beautiful girl inside and out, always friendly and smiley”.

It follows a balloon release in Southport on Thursday, organised by her school friends.