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Unseen footage of Martyn Hett dancing as a child is released ahead of special show to celebrate his life

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Unseen footage of Martyn Hett dancing as a child has been released ahead of a special show to celebrate his life.

The 29-year-old was one of 22 killed during the Manchester Arena attack on May 22.

Hundreds of young people are now set to take part in a show celebrating his life.

‘A Life Iconic’ is the brainchild of Moira Hancock, who taught Martyn drama and dance at the North Cheshire Theatre School and College when he was a child.

The video is set to ‘Where is the mercy in the world right now’, composed and performed especially by Moira’s daughter, successful singer songwriter JJ Rosa.

Moira said:

I have got lots of footage of Martyn dancing and singing and acting, and we are going to project it on to a big screen during the show. There are lots of beautiful bits of Martyn, and I don’t think many people will have seen this footage."

– Moira Hancock.

I had the idea that I wanted to do something for Martyn about the part of him that no one really knows about. For many years he did drama, singing and dance, and he loved ballet and tap dancing.

“Martyn was a complete character when he was young. He liked to do his own choreography and he and my daughter always used to get in trouble for chatting. He was very talented – I was surprised he went into PR instead of performing. He was good enough.”

– Moira Hancock.

Moira put a message out to the North College Group asking who would be willing to come back together to perform some of the iconic numbers Martyn had loved, and the show has grown from there.

A number of former pupils will perform, many of whom now work in the West End and in shows like Coronation Street. They'll be joined by JJ who has supported the likes of Phil Collins and Stevie Wonder.

Rob King, who sang at the vigil held for Martyn in the aftermath of the bomb, will perform a Mariah Carey number backed by a full choir.

We will have at least a couple of hundred performers aged six and upwards,”

“I don’t know how we’re all going to fit into the Plaza, but we’ll manage it somehow.

“We were all very shocked when we found out Marytn was involved in the incident at the arena; my daughter was in shreds as she grew up with him. She was terribly affected by what happened, and she was determined to be involved in the show.”

– Moira Hancock.

The show will take place from 7pm on November 6 at Stockport Plaza, and will raise money for three charities – Beechwood Cancer Care, Kidscan and Beacon Counselling – which Moira chose after consulting with Martyn’s family.

Tickets cost between £12 and £18, and are available now – visit stockportplaza.co.uk or call the box office on 0161 477 7779.

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