Emotional Cheryl nearly 'bursts out crying' as Sarah Harding's mum attends Girls Aloud concert in the late star's home town of Manchester

Cheryl told the crowd that she almost 'burst out crying' as Girls Aloud took to the stage in late bandmate Sarah Harding's home town of Manchester on Thursday.

Sarah's mother Marie sat in the audience as the group paid an heartfelt tribute to her daughter, who tragically lost her battle with cancer in 2021 aged 39.

Cheryl, Nadine Coyle,  Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh struggled to choke back tears as they held hands to sing a beautiful rendition of their 2007 hit I'll Stand by You.

Cheryl told the crowd: 'Coming to Manchester has always been an absolute pleasure,It's a really significant evening for us tonight in many ways. Obviously, we all remember Miss Harding's hometown is Manchester'.

'She would have been so proud of the reception we've had in here tonight, thank you so much Manchester for making it special for her, and for us'.

Cheryl told the crowd that she almost 'burst out crying' as Girls Aloud took to the stage in late bandmate Sarah Harding 's home town of Manchester on Thursday (L-R) Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl, Nicola Roberts

Cheryl told the crowd that she almost 'burst out crying' as Girls Aloud took to the stage in late bandmate Sarah Harding 's home town of Manchester on Thursday (L-R) Kimberley Walsh, Nadine Coyle, Cheryl, Nicola Roberts

Sarah's mother Marie (pictured) sat in the audience as the group paid an heartfelt tribute to her daughter, who tragically lost her battle with cancer in 2021 aged 39

She continued: 'Sarah's mam's in here tonight and I'm sure she's feeling all the love and energy in the room. We love you, Marie. When I come down on that podium, the energy I was hit with I could have just burst out of crying there and then'.

Before adding: 'Thank you for making it bearable, and making it a joyous occasion for us all.'

Sarah's mum Marie was later spotted leaving the concert with a huge smile on her face after the tribute was paid to be beloved daughter.

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