Manchester Arena bombing one year on: 22 lives never forgotten

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Almost one year on from the Manchester Arena attack faith leaders and groups have been paying tribute to victims and praising the bravery of people across the city. "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".

On May 22 a year ago, a terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 innocent people and injuring more than 500.

The school choir which accompanied Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit last summer (Jun17) were part of a massive city celebration on Tuesday (22May18).

The Duke of Cambridge and Theresa May were among those who paid homage at a special ceremony at Manchester Cathedral before a minute's silence was observed.

Albert Square hosted the Manchester Together - With One Voice event, as a day of remembrance for the 22 who died in the arena bombing drew to a close.

It's been one year since a bombing took the lives of many Ariana Grande fans in England.

"Thank you for being so strong, I'm so proud of you", one more user said.

Manchester Arena bombing one year on: 22 lives never forgotten
Manchester Arena bombing one year on: 22 lives never forgotten

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". The evening began with video tributes from well-known local figures.

"We are showing Manchester and the world that we carry on", said Cath Day of the Manchester Survivors Choir.

Britain's Prince William, attends The Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral in central Manchester, May 22, 2018.

Along with Prince William and the prime minister, other dignitaries present included the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham. Twenty-two concertgoers were killed, and police say more than 800 people were left "with physical and deep psychological injuries".

On the altar stood 22 lit candles, made from the wax of thousands of candles left in the city's St. Ann's Square in the days after the attack.

And thousands of members of the public have written messages of support on cardboard tags, attaching them to 28 "Trees of Hope" that form a trail from St Ann's Square to Victoria Station.

At 10.31pm, bells rang out from the city's Town Hall, St Ann's Church and St Mary's RC Church to mark the moment when the attack took place 12 months ago.

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