British Soap Awards guests paid heartfelt tributes to the victims of the recent terrorist bombing in Manchester

Stars gathered in Manchester for the British Soap Awards responded to the May 22 Manchester Arena bomb which killed 22 people and injured hundreds more by saying the best thing they could do was continue in their honour.

Emmerdale’s John Middleton told What’s on TV: “I think the best thing we can do is just carry on. It’s another Soap Awards, it’s in Manchester, which is fantastic it is in Manchester, it means a lot, but to overstate that would be wrong because it would give what that hideous person did an importance it doesn’t deserve.”

EastEnders’ Jacqueline Jossa said: “Nothing’s changed in the way we’ve always loved Manchester. It’s almost like you want to give everyone a big hug, the vibe and the atmosphere is amazing. I came up on the Friday and everyone just seemed so different, just so loving…”

Hollyoaks’ Amanda Clapham said: “I just feel proud and that we’re going ahead. I feel proud of Manchester and the way they responded…”

Corrie’s Connor McIntyre said : “We’re here to celebrate the best of British soaps in spite of people’s attempts to try and disrupt us and that’s our contribution to the wider culture, so here we are to celebrate that, while remembering the 22.”