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Published on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Boss pays tribute to 'happy and beautiful' agent killed in Manchester terror attack

Westoe Travel has thanked the trade for its support after police confirmed one of its agents, 17-year-old apprentice Chloe Rutherford, died in Monday night's Manchester terror attack.

Chloe, who worked part-time at the agency in South Shields, was at the Ariande Grande gig with her boyfriend, Liam Curry, 19, who has now also been confirmed as among the dead.

They had been unaccounted for since the attack and members of both families had travelled to Manchester to look for them.

The families have issued a joint statement saying: "On the night our daughter Chloe died and our son Liam died, their wings were ready but our hearts were not.

"They were beautiful inside and out to ourselves and our families, and they were inseparable.

"Chloe always described herself as ditzy who Liam adored and would do anything for, including dealing with Chloe's demands for chocolate.

"They lived to go to new places together and explore different cities. They wanted to be together forever and now they are."

Chloe had been due to start a full-time apprenticeship with Westoe Travel next month.

Westoe Travel owner Graeme Brett said: "We would like to thank everyone in the travel industry for their support.

"We have now had the devastating news that Chloe Rutherford and her boyfriend Liam Curry have been taken from us at such a young age.

"It is something we will never be able to understand. When you watch these events on television you never expect them to impact on those around you.

"As a small family business, Chloe was part of our family, working part time as she completed her college studies before starting full time with us on June 26 to begin her travel apprenticeship.

"We loved her friendly happy personality and she was a great asset to Westoe Travel and had a great future ahead in the travel industry which she was really looking forward to.

"Liam would meet her from work and they were a perfect loving couple.

"The families have lost two beautiful young people who were a credit to them and our thoughts and prayers go to both families at this terrible time."

Delegates attending the CLIA UK conference in Southampton stood up and joined in the nationwide minute's silence for Chloe and other victims of the terror attack at 11am today.


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  • Chloe and Liam fund

    Hello we are two Manchester based travel agents. We're raising £10000 to help the families of Chloe Rutherford, a young Travel Agent from Westoe Travel South Shields, and Liam Curry her boyfriend. Please donate to my JustGiving Crowdfunding Page and help make it happen: Link below and donate your amount ... Chloe worked part time for family travel agency Westoe Travel South Shields and was due to be a permanent member from next month . Sadly these two innocent victims were robbed of their lives in the Manchester attack. Thanks for your support

    By Kenneth Garrity, Friday, May 26, 2017

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