TRIBUTES have been paid to a Radcliffe man who has been confirmed as the third victim of the Manchester terror attack.

John Atkinson, of Hawthorn Avenue, was killed in the attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Friends and family have paid tribute on social media.

Bury Council leader Rishi Shori says that Mr Atkinson's death is "incredibly tragic".

He added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Atkinson's family at this very difficult time."

The Radcliffe Parish Church of St Mary, next to Close Park, will be open for a time of reflection on Sunday afternoon.

Cllr Jamie Walker said: "John was a local lad, Radcliffe through and through.

"I'm sure all of Radcliffe will be joined in grief today as the town mourns the loss of a great local personality.

"Radcliffe has come together today in support of the family and tributes have poured in.

"I have spoken with John's family today and offered all of the Radcliffe councillors' condolences and support on such a sad day."

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Lee Paul posted on Facebook: "Sleep tight John Atkinson. Thoughts and prayers with all your family and the other 21 people who lost there lives last night. X"

Nana Julie Mills wrote: "Just heard one of my good friends whom I've known since he was a little boy passed away last night. Condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P John Atkinson"

Tracey Crolla said: "Thinking of all the Atkinsons at this very sad time. John Atkinson you turned into an amazing young man so kind and thoughtful you will be missed by everyone."

Cllr Walker added: "The Rev Carol Hayden has kindly offered to open St Mary's Parish Church at Close Park from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday for a time of reflection.

"It will open to people of all faiths to come along, reflect and mark their respects to those that were injured and lost their lives on Monday. 

"There will also be a book of condolence and opportunity to light a candle or hang a prayer on the prayer tree."