Olivia Campbell‑Hardy was the daughter of Charlotte Hodgson and Andrew Hardy.She was a much‑loved stepdaughter, sister and granddaughter. She was 15 years old at the time of her death on 22nd May 2017.
Olivia was a happy, determined girl who had packed so much into her 15 years.“dinosaur language” and do Judge Rinder impressions. Anything she did, she made funny. She was always making people laugh and made an impact on everyone she met. Olivia didn’t just walk into a room; she would make an entrance. In addition to her loud and boisterous side, Olivia was gentle and caring and would “fight for the underdog”. She always put others before herself. She made the world a better place.I heard many amusing stories about Olivia from her family: from her arrival at the school prom dressed head‑to‑toe in blue, riding on a blue scooter, to the way she would speak in
Olivia was a talented singer and had a promising future ahead of her.Britain’s Got Talent. Her mother recalls her singing at a family wedding aged 11, and reducing grown men to tears. Her father recalls how proud he was when she sang at her Grandad Steve’s 60th birthday party. She dreamed of performing in the West End, of finding fame and getting a house in New York.She loved performing with her primary school choir, with her great‑grandma ‘Larlar’ and even auditioned for
Olivia was clearly special and loved by all of her family.I have no doubt that, with her determination and sense of humour and the support of those who loved her most, Olivia would have made a success of a life in music or in anything else she chose to do.
Events of 22nd May 2017
Olivia was a fan of Ariana Grande and had been offered a ticket by her friend.“singing along” and “messing about” together. He said Ariana Grande “was fantastic. We loved her.”They were extremely excited in the lead‑up to the concert. After school, they got the tram into Manchester and had something to eat before going into the Arena. Olivia’s friend spoke of the fun they had at the concert,
Olivia was in contact during the concert with her mum, who told Olivia that she loved her.Olivia and her friend left their seats after the encore and entered the City Room at 22:30:51.