Manchester Arena Attack: one year on

Manchester Arena Attack: one year on

Prince William and the Prime Minister privately met bereaved families at the cathedral following the service and both attached notes to one of the Trees of Hope, a trail of small Japanese maple trees from Victoria Station to St Ann's Square, to add to the many thousands of similar messages of support and hope left by members of the public.

They included Don't Look Back in Anger by Oasis, One Day Like This by Elbow and Never Forget by Take That.

'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'.

Later, at 7.30pm, the "Manchester Together - With One Voice" event saw 3,000 singers from 100 local choirs spreading musical messages of love and joy.

In an article for the Manchester Evening News, Theresa May said: "The targeting of the young and innocent as they enjoyed a carefree night out in the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 was an act of sickening cowardice".

"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". The fans were victims of a terrorist who detonated a bomb in the foyer of the venue as concertgoers filed out of the arena after Ariana's gig.

Those working on building sites across Manchester city centre found a unique way to observe today's one minute silence.

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"That's why I did my best to react the way I did", Grande said.

With his wife and father looking on, he paid tribute to the "amazing work" of the emergency services and those who responded on the night.

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.

The atrocity was one of a spate of terrorist attacks to hit Britain past year - the one in Manchester and four in London - that included bombings and deadly violence with vehicles and knives.

Bells will ring out across the city center at 10:31 mark the exact moment of the explosion a year ago.

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

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