Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims on anniversary of attack

Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims on anniversary of attack

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 a year ago. Salman Abedi, a British man of Libyan heritage, blew himself up outside the venue, which had been hosting a concert by teen pop idol Ariana Grande.

"In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, and to remember with love before God those whose lives were lost and those whose lives have been changed forever", said Manchester Cathedral dean Rogers Govender.

May, writing Tuesday in the Manchester Evening News, said the targeting of the young and innocent as they enjoyed a care free night out in the Manchester Arena was an act of sickening cowardice.

The congregation and the city observed a minute's silence at 2.30pm for the victims, a silence also observed by MPs in Westminster.

Twenty-two people were killed in a terror attack following an Ariana Grande concert in the city.

"It was created to strike at the heart of our values and our way of life in one of our most vibrant cities, with the aim of breaking our resolve and dividing us".

Grande, who had just finished performing when the bomber struck outside, also shared a message of support for those affected. "Thinking of you all today and every day", she wrote, with an emoji of the bumblebee which is a symbol of Manchester.

A girl cries as she looks at at tributes left in St Anne's Square on the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, in Manchester, England, May 22, 2018.

Britain’s Prince William attends The Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral in central Manchester

"I'm so proud of you".

Rashford and Jesse Lingard visited survivors of the attack shortly after.

She added: 'We also stand in solidarity with each other as Mancunians and tonight we are going to show the world that we stand together.' Some 800 people had attended the hour-long service at Manchester Cathedral, including families and friends, along with front-line responders and volunteers who helped in the aftermath of the bombing.

A choir of survivors from the attack were among those who performed, with one young member of the group in tears during the emotional performance. Mrs May was joined at the 2pm memorial service by the Duke of Cambridge, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. Because we know what is to come, all images of the concert seem like grim foreshadowing, from the stylised silver teardrops on the face of the performer to the explosions of the beat or the screams of the crowd.

"With Manchester, you kick one of us, you kick all of us, and we'll all get up, and we'll all start fighting again".

In an interview with Time magazine last week, 24-year-old Grande spoke about her response to the attack and its impact on her music.

People laid flowers and cards in St Ann's Square, which became a focal point for mourners after the attack.

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