Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

The singalong came after a day of events to mark the first anniversary of the horrific event, including a service at Manchester Cathedral - including a one-minute silence observed across the United Kingdom - and a gathering in the city on Tuesday evening (22.05.18).

The singer had just finished performing and concert-goers were leaving the arena when 22-year-old Salman Abedi blew himself up in the building's foyer.

"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."

Tony Walsh's poem This is the Place, which he memorably read aloud outside Manchester Albert Square a year ago, was then recited by Louise Sharrock Sivill.

Sixteen-year-old Lowton singer Jack Hillidge was first up on stage and he performed Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Ariana Grande's One Last Time.

She tweeted: "Thinking of you all today and every day".

"The last thing I would ever want is for my fans to see something like that happen and think it won", she said.

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A remembrance service will be held at Manchester Cathedral Tuesday afternoon for the victims. "It will also give thanks to emergency workers who assisted on the ground and in the aftermath of the attack".

The ceremony included a national silence at 2.30pm to allow the country to remember those who died.

Along with the 22 people who were killed, more than 800 others, many of them children, were either physically or psychologically injured, according to police.

As the world watched, Manchester came together in a show of solidarity and hope after tragedy.

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.

Some laid bouquets of flowers in St. Ann's Square.

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

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