Manchester attack: City remembers arena bomb attack victims

Ann Santiago
May 23, 2018

Thousands flooded the streets of Manchester, England Tuesday to mark the one year anniversary of a deadly terror attack.

"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.

Hundreds of concertgoers were also injured on May 22, 2017, when a 22-year-old strapped a homemade bomb to his body and detonated it in the foyer of Manchester Arena.

Weeks later, the One Love Manchester benefit concert took place, which saw performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher.

The Parrs Wood High School's Harmony Group joined several local organisations, including the Manchester Survivors Choir, which features Grande fans who attended the fateful concert a years ago.

Grande later went on to hold a huge charity concert, One Love Manchester, which raised millions to help the victims of the attack and their families.

It concluded with a mass sing-along of five songs - Oasis' Don't Look Back In Anger, Elbow's One Day Like This, Grande's One Last Time, Take That's Never Forget and The Beatles' All You Need Is Love.

Last night's evening of solidarity through music began with a series of video messages from some famous names, including many Mancunians. "My heart is always going to be in Manchester, always has been and always will be".

A woman leaves some flowers ahead of the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral

"I wish I was with you tonight", said Marr.

Among the dignitaries who were present were the Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council.

With his wife and father looking on, he paid tribute to the "amazing work" of the emergency services and those who responded on the night.

A minute's silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm with tears inside the cathedral, where photographs of those killed were displayed on screens, and outside, where thousands watched in Cathedral Gardens.

On the altar stood 22 lighted candles, made from the wax of thousands of candles left at St. Ann's Square in the days after the attack.

The lyrics of the song resonate with the message of remembrance and moving forward.

Bells will ring out across the city center at 10:31 mark the exact moment of the explosion past year.

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