Britain’s Got Talent made a last-minute addition to their programme on Saturday night to pay tribute to those injured in the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.
Viewers watched as BGT flashed up the names of cities where auditions had taken place. Each city name was written in red, white and blue – but Manchester had the addition of a heart symbol behind it.
“A lovely tribute by @ITV on tonight’s BGT,” wrote a student police officer who was watching the show. “Manchester had a red heart around it 🙂 #LoveManchester.”
“It really made me smile that BGT put a heart around Manchester’s name,” wrote another viewer, alongside a heart emoji.
“Nice subtle touch putting a heart around Manchester,” wrote another.
BGT isn’t the only ITV show to pay their respects. Coronation Street bosses announced they will place a memorial bench on set, with a plaque paying tribute to those who lost their lives, including Corrie superfan Martyn Hett.
“In memory of our friend Martyn Hett and all the victims of the Manchester bombing on Monday night, we will be dedicating a bench on the Coronation Street set to remember everyone affected by the atrocity,” read a statement on the official ITV website.
“The dedication will be planned in the coming weeks following an outpouring of affection for 29-year-old Corrie superfan Martyn and all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena bombing.
“The bench will be positioned in the new extension to Coronation Street, which is in the early stages of construction at the programme’s Trafford site and the transcription will be as follows:
‘For Martyn and all those who lost their lives on 22nd May 2017. We Stand Together.'”
Martyn was such a fan of the show that he had a tattoo of Deirdre Barlow on his leg. He’d also met many of the cast.
Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey also paid tribute to Martyn. “Hilarious on Twitter and delightful in real life,” he wrote. “All love to the family and friends he loved so much. We’ve lost a good un.”