Crowd remembers victims of Manchester attack during 1 year anniversary

Gladys Abbott
May 23, 2018

Last May, 22 people were killed and 139 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the arena.

"I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day", she wrote in a tweet that included a bee, the civic symbol of Manchester.

On May 22 previous year, a terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 innocent people and injuring more than 500.

One of the groups performing is the Manchester Survivors Choir, a group made up of those who were there on the night of the attack, and a local school choir that performed onstage with Grande at the One Love concert.

Poet Tony Walsh, who last May read his poem This Is The Place, returned to Albert Square and encouraged the crowd to make a minute's noise for all those affected by the blast, including the injured, the first responders and NHS staff involved in the care of those affected.

The Ramadhan Foundation was proud to bring faith leaders from across Greater Manchester together two days after the attack in St Anne's Square to show the world that whatever our background, faith, ethnicity as a city we were one and united.

The attack happened a year ago, when Salman Abedi blew himself up in the foyer after a concert by Ariana Grande.

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Shaun Ryder, of the Happy Mondays, said: 'I am thinking of you. The event will include renditions of Grande's "One Last Time" and "Look Back In Anger" by Oasis, which became an unofficial anthem of Manchester after the bombing.

Britain's Prince William, attends The Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral in central Manchester, May 22, 2018. "My heart is always going to be in Manchester, always has been and always will be".

"All our thoughts today are with those who lost their loved ones and best friends", said Lord Mayor June Hitchen before the performances began, also paying tribute those who suffered psychological trauma and the emergency services which responded to the bombing - to massive applause from the crowd.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable were also there.

There has been a nationwide one minute silence to mark the anniversary and a concert will be held.

And thousands of members of the public have written messages of support on cardboard tags, attaching them to 28 "Trees of Hope" that form a trail from St Ann's Square to Victoria Station.

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