Two daughters of a Manchester Arena bombing victim broke down as they found out the identity of a police woman who comforted their mother as she lay dying.
Jane Tweddle-Taylor, from Blackpool, had been out for dinner with her friend in the city centre before the pair went to pick up her friend’s children from the concert.
The mother-of-three, who was a close family friend of former England manager Sam Allardyce, died in the blast. Her friend and her children were uninjured in the explosion.
Two of her daughters Harriet, 25, and Isabelle Taylor, 20, appeared on Lorraine this morning to reveal their desperate search to track down the policewoman who held their mother’s hand following the deadly explosion.
They were shocked when they were informed ITV had found the mystery copper, called Jessica Bullough.
Lorraine Kelly told Harriet and Isabelle Taylor ITV had tracked down the mystery policewoman who had held their mother’s hand when she lay dying after the Manchester bombing on May 22
Harriet, 25, and Isabelle Taylor, 20, from Blackpool, appeared on Lorraine this morning to reveal their desperate search to find the policewoman
Speaking on the show the women said it had been tough to think their mother was alone during the attack on May 22, before saying: ‘And then we found out there was a young policewoman there and it gave us comfort that she wasn’t alone.’
Lorraine Kelly then told the pair they had tracked down the officer in question.
She read out a letter from Ms Bullough, which said: ‘To Harriet, Lily and Isabelle, I want to start by saying that I can’t imagine what you girls have been going through for the past few months since the loss of your mum.
‘Jane sounded like such an amazing, wonderful, fun-loving lady who would be so proud of you girls right now.
‘I believe you’ve been trying to find me now for the past few months – I can understand that’s proven difficult but now, with the help of ITV, they’ve been able to make contact with me.
‘I’ve also for the last few months thought about Jane and her family with the hope of finding you and meeting you one day.
‘I really hope this can be arranged soon as I would be honoured to meet you girls. Lots of love from Jessica Bullough from the British Transport Police.’
The three girls Harriet, Lily and Isabelle Taylor pictured with their mother, who was killed in the explosion at Manchester Arena
Jane Tweddle-Taylor, 51, had had been out for dinner with her friend in the city centre before the pair went to get the youngsters from the concert
Two of her daughters Harriet, 25, and Isabelle Taylor, 20, appeared on Lorraine this morning
Mrs Tweddle-Taylor, 51, from Blackpool, was a receptionist at South Shore Academy School in the seaside town.
She had been looking forward to going on holiday to Berlin with her three daughters the week after the Ariana Grande concert when she was killed.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a device at the end of the concert, killing 22 people, including seven children, and injuring more than 100 others.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, blew himself up in the attack that left 22 people dead
Speaking after their mother’s death her three daughters said: ‘She taught us everything we know, raised us and she was the light of our life and it’ll never be as bright without her.
‘She will always be with us, the three of us together are our mum and we will do our best in life to make her so proud.’
Former England manager Sam Allardyce revealed she was a close friend and he had known her husband for many years.
Mrs Tweddle-Taylor had been married to Allardyce’s close friend and long-time colleague Mark Taylor.
His devastated wife Lynn described her friend as a ‘very lovely lady’.