Manchester attack: City remembers arena bomb victims

Daniel Fowler
May 23, 2018

The former is made up of people who were caught up the attack previous year, while the latter saw their post-attack tribute - a version of Ariana Grande's My Everything - go viral and earn them the chance to perform with the star at the One Love Manchester concert.

Singer Ariana Grande is overcome by emotion at the One Love Manchester tribute concert on June 4, 2017.

"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.

That concert was held two weeks after the homemade device was detonated outside Grande's concert.

Singer Ariana Grande (below), who had been performing at Manchester Arena when the attack took place, said she was "thinking of you all".

The victims were represented by 22 lit candles on the altar, which were made using wax from the thousands left in their memory by mourners in St Ann's Square at the time of the attack.

Nine-year-old Molly said she was taking part because it was "a good thing to do for all the people who can't be here", while Matty, 14, said the unity in singing "is what Manchester's all about".

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"I was one of the first to really talk about what happened that night and I think by doing that it has helped me come through it", he said.

To cheers, Manchester United great Ryan Giggs said: 'Manchester is a city of music and is a city of love, and we are sending out love and prayers on this emotional day'.

The finale was a mass 30-minute communal singalong including Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis, One Day Like This by Elbow, Ariana Grande's One Last Time, Never Forget by Take That and The Beatles' All You Need Is Love.

Those inside the cathedral were joined by thousands more across the country in a minute's silence to remember those killed in the suicide bombing as they left the Manchester Arena.

Earlier today, Great Britain observed a nationwide moment of silence in honor of the victims of the bombing.

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

Later, thousands of people - including a choir of survivors - are due to gather for a concert and sing-song in St. Ann's Square.

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