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Ariana Grande observes one-year anniversary of Manchester attack

23 May 2018, 07:11 | Cedric Leonard

Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims on anniversary of attack

Ariana Grande

Last May, 22 people were killed and 139 wounded when a suicide bomber detonated a homemade bomb as people were leaving an Ariana Grande concert at the arena. The pop star wrote in a tweet to survivors and the families of victims that she was "thinking of you all today and every day".

"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.

On May 22 past 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.

One of the groups performing is the Manchester Survivors Choir, a group made up of those who were there on the night of the attack, and a local school choir that performed onstage with Grande at the One Love concert.

Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William joined families of the victims - seven of whom were under 18 - for the cathedral ceremony to remember the May 22 Manchester Arena attack during an Ariana Grande performance.

Rachel and Mia, from Bolton, said they had come "to show we won't be beaten and show you carry on and remember those who died".

On the altar behind him were 22 candles - fashioned from the thousands left behind at the memorial in St Ann's Square past year - each representing one of the young victims.


With a tear in her eye she attached a message reading: 'You are always in my heart.' "Everybody in Manchester feels this tragedy", she said.

She captioned the video: "So wish I were there with you all today".

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.

Earlier Manchester came together in an emotional day of remembrance, with 800 people attending an afternoon commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral while a one-minute silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm.

Officiating the service, the Dean of Manchester, the Very Rev Rogers Govender, said: "In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, as we remember with love before God those whose lives were lost, and those whose lives have been changed forever and have to live with the bad memories of that day 12 months ago".

Bells on the city hall and churches will ring out at 10:31 p.m., exactly a year since the bomb exploded.



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