Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

The attack on May 22 past year claimed 22 lives after a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel bomb as fans came out of Grandes concert at Manchester Arena. "Thinking of you all today and every day", she wrote, with an emoji of the bumblebee which is a symbol of Manchester.

On May 22, 2017, 22 people, including children, died after a bomb exploded at the end of an Ariana Grande concert inside Manchester Arena.

And DJ Nick Grimshaw also sent love to those affected by the attack, while also praising the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which was organised by Ariana and Scooter shortly after the attack.

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.

"You who were hurt or bereaved 12 months ago today are forever part of Manchester, forever part of us", said bishop of Manchester David Walker.

A girl cries as she looks at at tributes left in St Anne's Square on the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, in Manchester, England, May 22, 2018.

He also told the crowd that the 22 candles lit in tribute to the victims at Manchester Cathedral had been made from the remnants of the hundreds left around the city in the aftermath of the attack.

Thousands of people paused outside Manchester Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. for a minute of silence that was observed across the country - including in Parliament, where lawmakers paused their debates and fell still.

The prime minister said that "such appalling acts of wickedness" would strengthen Britain's resolve "to defeat such twisted ideologies and beliefs".

The two-hour event saw the choirs sing versions of many popular songs, including Labi Siffre's Something Inside So Strong, Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water, Emile Sande's Wonder, Clean Bandit's Symphony and Coldplay's Fix You.

To cheers, Manchester United great Ryan Giggs said: 'Manchester is a city of music and is a city of love, and we are sending out love and prayers on this emotional day'.

Families of the victims, the injured, emergency services and local and national leaders were joined by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, for a memorial service at Manchester Cathedral.

Messages on specially designed tags can be attached to 28 Japanese maple trees from Manchester Victoria station to St Ann's Square until 27 May.

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