Dan Hett, 31, lost his 29-year-old brother Martyn in last Monday’s horrific terror attack but says the city’s response has helped him deal with the loss.
Speaking to the Guardian, Mr Hett said: "I'm not a hugging person, but I have hugged every possible subset of human in the city.
Dan Hett (L), wearing a t-shirt in honour of his brother, has praised Manchester's response
"I've hugged a biker who literally had me off my feet.
"Yesterday morning I was in Sainsbury's with my youngest son, feeding him crisps, and an old lady stopped us and gave us both a cuddle.
"I know that whenever something like this happens people get very sentimental about their cities. And again it's descending into cliche a little, but the reaction does really feel genuinely Mancunian.
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I'm not a hugging person, but I have hugged every possible subset of human in the city
"Everyone has been part of it, regardless of whether you're a dirty metalhead or a flamboyant pop fan."
He added he was frustrated by people using the attack to drive arguments about immigration.
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Mr Hett, who is half-Turkish, said: "A UK-born terrorist took out, among many other people, my UK-born Turkish brother – in an alternate timeline, the roles could have been reversed."
A photo of Martyn Hett posted just weeks before the Manchester bombing
Tributes have poured in for 29-year-old Martyn from all over the world.
She posted a photo of Mr Hett wearing a fan T-shirt to her Instagram account, saying: "Devastated to learn that one of the victims in Manchester was part of the #Lambily. RIP Martyn Hett.
"We will cherish your memory forever. His family and all the families affected are in my thoughts and prayers. MC"
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In a statement issued by Greater Manchester Police, Mr Hett's family said: "Words cannot describe the generosity and kindness our families have received over the last few days.
"We are overwhelmed with the amount of lives he has touched and the kind words that are being said about him.
"Martyn was the icon of all our lives. His infectious laugh and his niche sense of humour will stay with us forever.
"He lived for every moment of every day and fitted an entire lifetime of memories into his 29 years.
"Whilst they have taken the life out of Martyn, no-one can, and ever will, take Martyn out of our lives."
Mr Hett had appeared on TV shows Come Dine With Me – which he won – and Tattoo Fixers, when the Coronation Street superfan got a tattoo of character Deirdre Barlow inked onto his leg.