Manchester attack: Alison Howe and Lisa Lees died while waiting for daughters

Alison Howe and Lisa Lees Image copyright Facebook
Image caption A book of condolence for Alison Howe (l) and Lisa Lees has been opened at Royton Town Hall

Two friends who were waiting together to pick up their children died in the explosion at Manchester Arena, their families have confirmed.

Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 43, both from Royton, Oldham, had arrived in the foyer shortly before the attack at the Ariana Grande gig on Monday.

Ms Lees' brother Lee Hunter said on Facebook she would "never ever [be] forgotten".

Ms Howe's stepson Jordan Howe said was "caring" and "beautiful".

Their daughters are believed to be safe.

Royton North councillor James Larkin tweeted that a book of condolence had been opened at Royton Town Hall and specialist staff would be on hand to support people in the area.

The two women were among 22 people who were killed in the explosion.

A further 59 people, including children, were injured and taken to hospital after the concert.

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