Sheffield teen and Manchester attack survivor wows at Britain’s Got Talent

One of the survivors of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack pursued her dream as a dancer on a national stage when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent at the weekend.

Sheffield local Hollie Booth performed in a wheelchair with her dance troop ‘Rise’.

The 13-year-old took centre-stage as the group danced to Ariana Grande’s ‘One More Time’, and Little Mix’s ‘Salute’.

Hollie attended the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena with her mother and aunt on May 22 last year as a birthday present.

Hollie’s mum, Claire, said: “It was just an amazing, happy day that ended so badly.”

Hollie suffered two broken legs and nerve-damage. She is currently unable to walk without a splint.

Her aunt, Kelly Brewster, died in the attack shielding her niece. A charity football match in honour of Kelly is taking place on 27th May at Sheffield Works.


Hollie has been dancing since she was little and has been with the current dance troop, Rise, for two years.

Hollie said: “a couple of days after it happened, I was saying ‘when can I go back to dancing?

“They didn’t know whether I could or when I could come back.”

The group incorporated wheelchairs into their routine for the BGT auditions, wearing t-shirts with the bee emblem, the symbol of Manchester.

All four judges said yes and gave a standing ovation, meaning Rise progressed to the next round.