PC Paul Taylor was filmed joyfully dancing with teenage girls at the One Love Manchester concert
As 14.5 million music lovers tuned in worldwide, PC Paul Taylor single-handedly stole the show when he was filmed bopping along with teenage girls.
The copper – complete with his helmet and yellow vest – spun round hand in hand with young fans in an impromptu knees-up during a set by Justin Bieber.
The magical moment quickly went viral on social media.
PC Taylor said: “It was an amazing experience. It was a privilege to be there.
"It made such a change to have people coming up to us saying they were glad we were there and how reassured they felt.
“I had posed for a picture with these two young girls who were with their mum, and they asked if I’d like to dance. It was just a natural thing.
“I can’t remember what was playing at the time, I think it may have been Justin Bieber but don’t ask me what.
Paul's dancing moment quickly went viral on social media
I just wanted to make them happy and smile, and that’s what they did.
PC Paul Taylor
“I hope it shows we have a human side. But I probably need to work on my moves – what do they call it, daddy- dancing?”
The 50-year-old father-of-two added: “I just wanted to make them happy and smile, and that’s what they did.
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But he admitted he arrived home at 3.30am and it was not until later this morning that he realised he had even been filmed.
“I only saw the messages when I woke up,” he said. “Since the clip went viral my phone hasn’t stopped ringing.”
“My colleagues and friends were all taking the mickey out of me. My son, who is in Tenerife, even he has seen it.
“He rang me and said: ‘Was that you dancing on the telly?’
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PC Taylor, a frontline officer with Durham Police for 20 years, is based in Darlington but had been seconded to Manchester for Sunday’s concert along with nearly 50 colleagues.
He said: “We were just there to play our part helping our GMP colleagues after such an enormous and tragic event.
“We were there to do a job but I was more than happy to go and more than happy to engage with members of the public.”
For many at the concert , who had struggled to hold their emotions together all night, it was the breaking point.
Lauren Smith tweeted “You had me at #DancingPoliceman #OneLoveManchester
Hayley Price posted: "@gmpolice the interaction from your officers at One Love made my night. It was great to see #OneLoveMachester #DancingPoliceman"
Paul Jackson said the dancing policeman had “lifted the spirits of the nation with a simple act of kindness.”
And the BBC’s music reporter Mark Savage posted: “A policeman skipping with young fans at #OneLoveManchester. This is the moment I broke.”
On Durham Police’s Facebook page, people were also quick to praise the officer.
One said he was a “credit to his profession,” while another commented: “This one clip on the tv made me night. Was such a lovely moment to watch! Well done to Paul!”
Today as the world paid tribute to the courage of Ariana Grande and all her fans, proceeds from the show reached £2million – sending the total for the ‘We Love Manchester’ Emergency Fund to around £10million.
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Ariana Grande performs on stage during the One Love Manchester Benefit Concert
Grande, 23, has already revealed that she is re-releasing her hit track ‘One Last Time’ as a charity single, with those proceeds also going towards the campaign.
The money will go to the victims and the families of those affected by the terror attack at Manchester Arena, which killed 22, including seven children, and left more than a hundred injured.
Event commander Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison said the day had passed without cause for concern, with just one man arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.
Paul and 50 of his colleagues attended the event and mingled with the Manchester crowd
He said: “Throughout the day we have stood united, welcomed visitors from across the country and paid tribute to those who tragically lost their lives in the attack at Manchester Arena.
“My thanks goes to those who joined us at the events today and remained patient as we carried out an increased number of searches to ensure everyone remained safe and enjoyed themselves.
“Finally, our thoughts remain with all those affected by the heartbreaking events of Monday May 22.”