Manchester attack: City remembers arena bomb victims

Manchester attack: City remembers arena bomb victims

Ariana Grande shared a message of hope with fans today as dignitaries, survivors, first responders and the people of Manchester gathered to mark the anniversary of the concert bombing that killed 22 people.

"This is Noel Gallagher, and I am here on behalf on Manchester Together In One Voice", said the former Oasis frontman via a video played to the crowd. And the Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus performed a medley of city anthems, including New Order's Blue Monday and Wonderwall by Oasis.

The event, on a warm evening in Manchester, ended with a half-hour crowd singalong.

The cathedral service was shown on a big screen in the city as well as in other cities across Britain, including York, Liverpool and Glasgow.

Elbow's One Day Like This followed, then Grande's One Last Time.

"All of you - and many more in this great city - are the very best of what this country stands for".

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And at At 10.31pm, bells will ring out from the city's Town Hall, St Ann's Church and St Mary's RC Church to mark the moment when the attack took place 12 months ago.

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

The singer had just finished performing and concert-goers were leaving the arena when 22-year-old Salman Abedi blew himself up in the building's foyer. They will attend the service at Manchester Cathedral alongside first responders, civic leaders and some of the scores injured in the suicide attack on May 22 past year, which killed 22 people.

"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", Grande wrote on Tuesday. Thinking of the 22 who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones.

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.

More than 7,000 handmade stitched hearts were also been dotted around Manchester city centre, with people encouraged to take them as part of the social media campaign #aheart4mcr.

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