Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

Lloyd Doyle
May 23, 2018

With a minute's silence across the country, Britain on Tuesday marked the first anniversary of a suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena that killed 22 people.

The service was attended by municipal and national leaders - including Prime Minister Theresa May and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of Scotland - and clerics of different faiths.

Tuesday's remembrance service was also shown on a big screen in nearby Cathedral Gardens, as well as at churches in York, Liverpool and Glasgow.

"It is so important for us to be together". Thinking of the 22 who lost their lives and those who lost loved ones. The singer has paid tribute to victims of the attack, including the youngest, Saffie Roussos, who would have turned 9 last July.

Spoken by 12-year-old Acacia Seward, among a flicker of images of girls brushing their hair to get ready, and phone footage from the concert, they convey not terror but sheer, undiminished excitement. One young man who died in the arena, Martyn Hett, came to epitomize, for many, the exuberance and fun-loving spirit of the youthful concertgoers cut down by the bombing.

"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.

Admission to this afternoon's service was by invitation only. There will be a formal one minute silence at 10.31 pm - the time of last year's bomb.

It was a similar story at the One Love Manchester concert shortly after the bombing.

"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". "You can not inflict oblivion or eclipse existence on those who were life of our life".

Prince William was welcomed with a round of applause before the beginning of the service.

Dean of Manchester 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 awful memories of that day 12 months ago". We come together with those who are still suffering its effects most keenly.

Survivors Choir member Cath Hill told the audience: "We are showing Manchester and the world that we carry on". The sold-out One Love Manchester show on June 4 at the 50,000-capacity Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground in Greater Manchester included Justin Bieber, Black Eyed Peas, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Niall Horan, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Take That and others, raising more than $3 million for the British Red Cross' We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

"Too often, just a few months on from an horrific event, those still feeling the pain are left feeling unsupported". We were preparing for the Europa League final two days later, but even though we went to Stockholm, Manchester was at the front of our minds. It proclaims a God whose love never ceases; whose compassion never fails.

Elsewhere, the Diocese of Manchester released a video of the city's Archdeacon, Karen Lund, reciting a prayer based on the acrostic Manchester, "for the lives lost a year ago today".

Manchester's two top-flight football clubs adopted the motto of "a city united" in the wake of the bombing.

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

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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