Ariana Grande remembers Manchester bomb attack victims on first anniversary

Javier Stokes
May 23, 2018

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

Almost one year on from the Manchester Arena attack faith leaders and groups have been paying tribute to victims and praising the bravery of people across the city.

They included the Manchester Survivors Choir, made up of people who were at the arena on the night of the fateful concert last May 22, and Parrs Wood High School's Harmony Group, whose post-attack tribute went viral past year.

"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.

Take That's Never Forget followed as members of the crowd embraced and held their hands in the air - before The Beatles' All You Need Is Love rounded things off. The evening began with video tributes from well-known local figures.

More than 50,000 people turned out at the Old Trafford cricket ground just two weeks after the attack to watch stars such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher perform.

Britain's Prince William, attends The Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral in central Manchester, May 22, 2018.

Grande recently opened up about the terror attack outside her concert premises, saying the memories of the incident are still fresh.

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"Finally, we will stand together on the day of the anniversary, remember the victims and reaffirm our commitment to them and their families".

Mani from The Stone Roses said: 'One voice Manchester - sing it up'.

As I said at the time of the attack, this was a despicable and evil crime which should be condemned by everyone.

Among the dignitaries 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.

Another single lit candle represented the 800 left with physical.

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.

At 10.31pm, bells will ring out from buildings across the city centre to mark the moment when the attack took place 12 months ago.

For the rest of the week, song lyrics will be projected onto St. Ann's Church, St. Ann's Square and New Cathedral street from dusk on May 22 through to May 26.

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