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Manchester terror attack memorial LIVE: Ariana Grande tweets emotional tribute to victims as city marks one year since the atrocity

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Prime Minister Theresa May will meet with bereaved families this afternoon to mark one year since terrorist Salman Abedi murdered 22 people in the Manchester Arena attack.

A nationwide minute’s silence will be observed a cross the nation to remember the victims of the Islamist bombing of the Ariana Grande concert, who this morning tweeted in solidarity with survivors. 

Today Mrs May branded the attack an ‘act of sickening cowardice’ writing in the Manchester Evening News.

This afternoon she and Prince William will attend an invitation-only service in the city’s cathedral, less than a five-minute walk from where the attack took place.

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String players are practising for a mass singalong in the city centre this evening to mark the attack last year. 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable are leaving Manchester Cathedral. 

Jeremy Corbyn was seen nodding to Prince William as he exited the church at the ceremony’s conclusion. 

The Bishop of Manchester the Rt Rev David Walker gave a lengthy address remembering the victims and those injured in the blast.
He finished: ‘This cathedral is here, Manchester is here and you who were hurt or bereaved 12 months ago today are forever part of Manchester and forever part of us.’
It was followed by an anthem by Manchester Cathedral Choir.

People were seen sitting on Urbis, just across from Manchester Arena, as mourners also hugged each other in the city centre during a one-minute silence.

MPs have observed a minute’s silence in the Commons chamber to mark one year since the bombing.
Dozens of MPs, including shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, were in the Commons to pay their respects.
Security minister Ben Wallace, speaking afterwards, praised Mayor Andy Burnham, the emergency services and the community spirit of Manchester.

Manchester falls silent for 22 victims

People were pictured holding one another on the streets of Manchester as the memorial got underway in the city’s cathedral. Click the link above for the full story from MailOnline.

‘If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels but do not have love I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol,’ he read from the 1 Corinthians. ‘If I have all faith to move mountains but do not have love then I am nothing.

‘Love is patient love is kind love is not envious or boastful nor arrogant or rude – it does not insist on its own way.’

Dr Kevin Malone of the Greater Manchester Humanists is now addressing the church, where people of mainstream faiths have also expressed their solidarity with the bomb victims.

Liverpool Cathedral, Glasgow Cathedral and the House of Commons were among the places across the UK to observe a standing one-minute silence, which has now ended.

People were pictured gathered in the streets of Manchester city centre observing the silence as people gathered outside the invite-only service to take part in their own way and sing along to the hymns while watching a broadcast of the ceremony.

These are the names of those Manchester lost after the bombing on this day last year:

Georgina Callander, 18
Saffie Rose Roussos, 8
John Atkinson, 28
Megan Hurley, 15
Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15
Alison Howe, 45, and Lisa Lees, 43
Angelika and Marcin Klis
Martyn Hett, 29
Kelly Brewster, 32
Jane Tweddle, 51
Nell Jones, 14
Michelle Kiss, 45
Sorrell Leczkowski, 14
Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17
Elaine McIver, 43
Wendy Fawell, 50
Eilidh MacLeod, 14
Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32

The congregation heard short readings from Hindu Nidhi Sinha, Muslim Imam Irfan Chishti, and Sikh Sukhbir Singh.
It was followed by a rendition of the hymn Be Still, My Soul.

#TurnToLove were seen marching outside Manchester Cathedral, where the choir is currently singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow to survivors.

Rabbi Warren Elf has read an extract from a Jewish blessing.

‘They live and move with us and in us in spheres beyond our dominion,’ he told the church. ‘Teach us to live wisely and unselfishly in truth and understanding, in love and peace so that those who come after us will likewise remember us for good as we on this day and every day affectionately remember those who were to us a blessing.’

The Lord Lieutenant of Manchester Warren Smith read from the book of Matthew: ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens and I will give you rest.
‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’

Chetham’s School of Music pupil George Herbert and Whalley Range High School for Girls pupil Remsha Asif have addressed the ceremony with a reading of John O’Donahue’s blessing ‘For Lost Friends’. 

Chetham’s is situated next to Manchester Arena and its library is where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels used to work on their political theories.

The Dean of Manchester, Rogers Govender, welcomed people gathered in Manchester Cathedral for the memorial service.

His opening remarks at Manchester Cathedral have concluded and Amazing Grace is now being sung by survivors at the church.

The memorial is now underway to commemorate the victims of last year’s suicide bombing in Manchester.

Andy Burnham was pictured greeting the Tory leader as they stood next to a plant pot bearing the Manchester worker bee symbol.

The Duke of Cambridge was greeted with cheers from the crowds outside the church.

The mayor was pictured greeting the Archbishop of York at the church as the Duke of Cambridge also arrived.

Theresa May has been seen stepping out of her car in the city centre as she prepares to address survivors of the bombing.

Manchester bomb survivor Amelia Thompson said it was hard returning to the city for the anniversary commemorations just days after meeting David Beckham at the royal wedding.
Amelia, 12, and her mother Lisa Newton, who was with her on the night of the attack, said it was difficult coming back but there was an amazing atmosphere around the city.
They were among the crowds when the bomb went off in the foyer at Manchester Arena and Amelia suffered trauma as well as damaged vocal cords from screaming at the horror of what she was witnessing.

The Labour leader will join the prime minister as well as the Duke of Cambridge at a memorial that is set to get under way within the next half hour.

Military veterans, bikers and other well-wishers have marked the fifth anniversary of Lee Rigby.

Islamists murdered Drummer Rigby in horrific scenes on the streets of south-east London.

A family has paid tribute to their ‘pocket rocket in skyscraper heels’ who died in the Manchester Arena terror attack, saying ‘she will forever be in our hearts and thoughts’.

Insurance company worker Kelly Brewster, from Sheffield, was one of the 22 people killed in the bombing and was hailed a hero after her family said she died shielding her sister Claire Booth and niece Hollie, 11.

Ms Booth and Hollie were seriously injured in the blast and spent weeks in hospital.

People have vented their ‘disgust’ and branded the ITV show shameful after it did not dedicate a segment to the bombing on its anniversary.

Yesterday Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby yesterday spoke with survivors of the attack.

But today their show was branded ‘London-centric’ and condemned for continuing to cover Saturday’s royal wedding as Theresa May prepares to address bereaved families in Manchester.

Martin Hibbert, who lost his legs in the Manchester attack, met Bataclan survivor Lydia Berkennou at his home in Lancashire to discuss their shared experience of facing terror. 

He as at the Ariana Grande concert with his daughter Eve when the bomb detonated in Manchester. His daughter survived the attack, but he told Sky News how he has still not come to terms with being unable to help her in the attack.

Islamists attacked the Bataclan during an Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris in 2015.

Patrick Evans, the first paramedic on the scene of the Manchester attack has spoken of the effect it had on him.

He says he became obsessed with watching the news after the bombing and said the attack on the Ariana Grande concert hit home because his son is a fan of the singer.

‘It could have been my children,’ he said.

Video taken inside Manchester Arena as Salman Abedi detonated his bomb has been shared on news platforms a year after it surface, showing panicked concert-goers struggling to understand what was happening around them.

Police were pictured reading heartfelt messages about last year’s atrocity in their city as well-wishers left notes and painted pebbles to mark the attack. 

The Very Reverend Rogers Govender has pledged his city ‘will not be divided’ and said today’s memorial will aim to address the pain inflicted by the attack.

‘This act of terror will not put us down,’ he told Sky News. ‘That’s a very important message.’

He praised the ‘brilliance’ of grieving families and said he will celebrate the lives of the victims with a message of hope. 

After a day of memorials in the city today, the church will mark the moment Salman Abedi murdered 22 people. 

Martyn Hett – the victim famed for his tattoo of Coronation Street character Deirdre Barlow – is being remembered on Twitter with the hashtag #BeMoreMartyn 

On the spot where last year the people of Manchester sang Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis, tributes have started to build.

Richard Evans, one of the first paramedics on the scene when the attack occurred, has told of how the attack left him in tears once he got home from dealing with the bombing. 

Speaking from St Ann’s Square where last year’s vigil was held, he told Sky News he remembers a ‘vivid smell of smoke’ at the arena, where he saw up to 60 injured people on the floor.

‘It was really quite horrific to find out some of the ages,’ he said, adding it was shocking to see children harmed in that way.

The comedian has shared a message of support one year on from the bombing.

‘With Manchester, you kick one of us, you kick all of us’

Survivors and relatives of the Manchester Arena bombing victims today revealed how they have rebuilt their lives a year on from the atrocity that killed 22 people. Click the link above to read the full story. 

Lisa Rutherford has told Sky News how today is a day of heartbreak like any other since her child died in last year’s terror attack. 

Poet Tony Walsh says the city is united with hope. Less than 24 hours after the attack he read ‘This is the Place’ to a packed St Ann’s Square at a vigil. 

Madison Coull (pictured with her mother on Lorraine today) was restricted to a wheelchair at the timeAbedi detonated his bomb last year.

Strangers rescued her and carried her down stairs to an exit. She told Lorraine: ‘I remember everything. I was stuck behind a pillar and then this man just came up to me and said: “I’m getting you out.”

‘He went to grab five security members and they lifted me out.’


The Manchester Evening News adorned its cover with the city’s worker bee emblem arranged in the shape of a heart as Theresa May branded the attack ‘sickening’ in the paper’s pages.

She wrote: ‘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 designed 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. It failed.

‘For such appalling acts of wickedness will do nothing but strengthen our resolve to defeat such twisted ideologies and beliefs.

‘The resilience and determination shown by this city in the 12 months since is testament to that.’

Hundreds of those injured in the explosion, and the families of those killed, will be attending a remembrance service at Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday.

They will be joined by the Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as first responders to the scene, civic leaders and other national figures. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said it was a day to ‘come together’.


Dan Hett has tweeted out emotional tributes to his brother Martyn, who was killed in the bombing 

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