Lewis Brunton was waiting when the blast threw him to the floor
Lewis Brunton was waiting for his partner Joanna Caslin and 16-year-old daughter Lauren when the blast threw him to the floor with a broken leg and several shattered bones.
The 38-year-old, originally from Caithness but now living in Liverpool, immediately called his father John in Wick to let him know he was alive.
Mr Brunton, 61, said: “My son took Lauren down to see the concert as a 16th birthday treat. My son’s partner went with Lauren into the concern and when my son went to pick them up he waited at one of the main entrances of the Manchester Arena.
“He was standing there with other parents waiting for the children to come out when the bomb went of. He reckoned he was about 30 feet away from the blast but he was one of the fortunate ones to survive the attack.”
He contacted me 10 minutes after the bomb went off
The trip to see Ariana Grande in Manchester on Monday had been a birthday treat for Lauren, who is a pupil at Wick High School and is now back home safely with her mother.
However, her father remains in hospital where he has undergone a number of operations to knit his bones back together.
Mr Brunton said the injuries were not life-threatening and added that his son's first thought in the immediate aftermath of the atrocity had been for the others around him.
He said: “He contacted me 10 minutes after the bomb went off. He gave me a running commentary of what was happening. There were police and ambulance services all around him. It must have been chaotic at the time.
Mr Brunton said his family had got off lightly
“Lewis told me he had a broken leg as a result of the blast. But he was more concerned about the bodies that were around him. He was surrounded by people who were dead and alive.
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“It was horrific to hear him describe what was happening over the phone. He phoned me regularly until the battery ran out.
“He was in the arena until 3am when he was taken to hospital but said there were a lot of people who needed treatment more urgently than he did.”
Mr Brunton said his family had got off lightly and added: “Despite needing an operation, my son is going to be okay – he is one of the lucky ones.
“It is bad enough our family have had to go through this but it must be much worse for those who have lost children and parents.”
His son responded to wellwishers on his social media site, saying: “I got caught up in Monday nights events but I’m much luckier than most o those poor people [sic].”
On Thursday morning he also said he was “going into theatre again now”.
Meanwhile, the parish priest on Barra will today urge islanders to “come together and pray” after two teen friends were caught up in the Manchester bombing.
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Makeshift memorials and tributes to victims of the deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth visits the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in Manchester
Eilidh MacLeod, 14, was among the 22 fatalities, while Laura MacIntyre, 15, is fighting for her life in hospital after suffering severe burns in the blast.
Father John Paul MacKinnon said the islands of Barra and Vatersay, which have a population of just over 1,000, are struggling to come to terms with “a devastating week”.
Preaching mass today at Our Lady, Star of the Sea church in Castlebay, above, he will say: “I have spoken to both families and they have asked me to tell everyone they are so grateful for all your love and support, prayers and messages.
“Their hearts are broken, their lives have changed forever, but they are lifted up by the love and support of their island and also by the wider world.”
Father John Paul MacKinnon said the islands are struggling to come to terms with the devastating wee
The two friends from Castlebay Community School travelled to see Ariana Grande with Eilidh’s mother Marion.
Father MacKinnon will also say: “God has a special place for our dear beautiful Eilidh, she will be united forever with God’s Holy Angels. She will forever see the glory of God face to face and will forever be in God’s love. She will forever be loved and remembered by her family and by all her many friends. Our loss is heaven’s gain.”
Her parents, Marion and Roddy, said: “Eilidh was our beautiful, intelligent, popular and talented daughter as well as a loving sister and we are at a loss without her.”