Grandmother Paula Robinson is being hailed as a “guardian angel” and a “hero” after rescuing more than 50 frightened girls stranded at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Robinson, 48, was nearby the arena at Manchester Victoria railway station when she felt an explosion and saw girls running from the scene.
The West Dalton woman told The Sun how she immediately launched into action after the deadly blast.
"We ran out. It was literally seconds after the explosion," she recounted. "I got the teens to run with me."
Robinson shepherded the group of girls to a nearby hotel and shared their contact details on social media.
“We have got about 50 kids with us waiting to be picked up they are safe we will look after them,” she posted on Facebook. “Please re post for any parents with children at m.e.n we have taken as many kids as we can to holiday Inn we will keep them safe and stay with them.”
Social media users are praising the heroic deeds of the bystander:
But Robinson has shied away from the word “hero” and told Rolling Stone anyone would have done the same thing.
“I did nothing that nobody else would do. I thought of my own kids and I just know what I would have wanted,” she said. “I would have wanted them to be looked after and taken away from the area if I couldn’t have done it.
Robinson added: "I have children and I have grandkids; it makes me feel sick to think of those little lives lost”.