Manchester bombing victims 'remembered'

Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims on anniversary of attack

Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims on anniversary of attack

Ariana Grande has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bomb attack on the first anniversary of the atrocity, which took place at the end of one of her concerts in the city.

The pop star tweeted early Tuesday morning that she was thinking of the survivors and the families of victims. "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".

In case you forgot, a suicide bomber detonated an explosive device just as thousands were leaving an Ariana concert on May 22, 2017.

Prince William and members of the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim and Humanist communities also made readings, and a youth choir sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" - the same song with which Grande closed the One Love Manchester benefit concert organised two weeks after the bombing.

Manchester has come together to remember the bombing that devastated the city a year ago, with a message of defiance in the face of terror.

The service was attended by families of the bereaved as well as British Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, and Prince William, who read out a passage from the Bible and later met some of the families of the victims.

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. "I have flashbacks", he said.

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A one-minute silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm, with tears inside the cathedral and outside, where thousands watched on a big screen in nearby Cathedral Gardens.

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, told BBC Radio that all those impacted would be "at the very forefront of our minds" during the day.

"Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world", she said.

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.

After performances by several choirs, the crowd joined in a mass sing-along of tunes including Grande's "One Last Time", "Look Back In Anger" by Oasis - an unofficial anthem of Manchester after the bombing - and The Beatles' "All You Need is Love".

Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr sent video tributes as Manchester held a special anniversary service last night (May 22) to mark one year since the devastating arena attack.

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