Manchester Bombing: Royals and community remember terror attack that killed 22

23 May, 2018, 19:12 | Author: Sheri Evans
  • Two police officers stop to read some of the hand-written messages left on one of the'Trees of Hope placed throughout

The attack on May 22 previous year claimed 22 lives after a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel bomb as fans came out of Grandes concert at Manchester Arena. "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".

Salman Abedi (22) detonated his suicide bomb device at the end of the concert with 353 people, including 175 children, around him in the foyer of the venue.

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.

A "Trees of Hope" trail is allowing people to write tributes and messages of love and support to victims on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack.

A woman leaves some flowers ahead of the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral
Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

In an address, the Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Rev David Walker, said: "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".

Meanwhile, Prince William remembered the 22 victims of the Manchester bombing by attending the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral, according to the reports.

"In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, and to remember with love before God those whose lives were lost and those whose lives have been changed forever", said Manchester Cathedral dean Rogers Govender.

"This is Noel Gallagher, and I am here on behalf on Manchester Together In One Voice", said the former Oasis frontman via a video played to the crowd.

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A minute's silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm with tears inside the cathedral, where photographs of those killed were displayed on screens, and outside, where thousands watched in Cathedral Gardens.

"We were very lucky, we know how lucky we are", he told Sky News.

Later Tuesday, more than 3,000 singers from local choirs will come together to mark the anniversary in Albert Square.

Nine-year-old Molly said she was taking part because it was "a good thing to do for all the people who can't be here", while Matty, 14, said the unity in singing "is what Manchester's all about".

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Later, thousands of people - including a choir of survivors - are due to gather for a concert and sing-song in St. Ann's Square.

Bells will ring out across the city center at 10:31 p.m.to mark the exact moment of the explosion a year ago.

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