'Funny, loving, smiley': Olivia Campbell-Hardy remembered at Manchester Arena Inquiry

Olivia Campbell-Hardy has been remembered by her family at the Manchester Arena Inquiry. Credit: Family Photo

Olivia Campbell-Hardy has been remembered by her family in the latest pen portrait to be heard by the Manchester Arena Inquiry.

Olivia, was 15 when she died and from Bury, she was a pupil at Tottington High School and loved music.

Her mother, Charlotte Hodgson, said that Olivia - known as Ollie - had dreamed of becoming a singer on the West End and "had so much to give".

She said her daughter "put 100% into everything she did but she always did it with a smile on her face".

Her dad, Andrew Hardy, said that from the moment she woke up to the moment she went to bed she was "full-on".

Videos of Olivia singing and dancing were shown at the end of both her portraits.

  • Charlotte Hodgson speaks of her daughter's sense of humour

She said in her commemorative statement: "Ollie didn't walk into a room, she made an entrance. The door would fling open, she would stand at the doorway and she would shout 'Bonjour!'.

"One thing Ollie was serious about was her music and singing. That was her life. If anyone had taken that away from her, her life would have been over.

"Music or make-up or her bed. Those were her favourite things."

Mrs Hodgson said that Olivia made an impact on everyone she met and had told her mum she was going to be famous one day.

She added: "Since Ollie's gone the laughter has left. I tell a story and expect to hear her laugh but there is just silence. I am never going to hear her laugh again."

She also explained that Olivia had hated odd numbers - stating that if the TV was on volume 11 she would put it on 10.

She said that she was designated as body number five following her death, saying whoever gave her that number will be being haunted now.

"Olivia is not a number. To the world, she is one of the 22 angels. Not to me, she is Ollie.

"She will never just be a number." 

  • Andrew Hardy's statement, read by Olivia's grandfather Steve Goodman

Olivia's father's statement spoke of how she would often sing at family gatherings, which made him very proud.

He also said how Olivia had been a fan of Ariana Grande and was extremely excited to go to the concert with her friend.

"Olivia was my youngest daughter and was a daddy's girl, we were very close, she had a grown up personality and a smile that would cheer anyone up," his statement said.

"Her death has left us all devastated and we have found it very hard to deal with life without her in it.

"I miss her every day, her infectious laugh and all the good times we had, but will never have again."

Olivia's grandparents also paid tribute to her at the hearing.

Sharon and Steve Goodman said that Olivia would "try everything" and "would fight for the underdog".

Steve Goodman said: "She was a joy to us and our large extended family and she had a way of not always being well-behaved but managed to turn the tables with her humour and make us laugh."

"The void in our lives is immense, our lives have changed forever," he added.

The Chairman to the inquiry, Sir John Saunders, said that he was grateful that Mrs Hodgson had helped him to get to know her daughter and that none of the victims will be "simply numbers to us".

He also thanked Andrew Hardy and Sharon and Steve Goodman for their tributes to Olivia and said that they were "rightly proud of her".

All of the pen portraits heard by the inquiry so far can be read here.