Crowd remembers victims of Manchester attack during 1 year anniversary

Crowd remembers victims of Manchester attack during 1 year anniversary

Up to 15,000 people packed into Manchester's Albert Square on Tuesday night as the city marked the first anniversary of the terror attack which killed 22 people. "Thinking of you all today and every day", she wrote, with an emoji of the bumblebee which is a symbol of Manchester.

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. Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman Tour after the bombing and returned for the One Love Manchester charity concert weeks later, which raised funds for victims of the attack. The royal joined the families of the victims, survivors, first responders, and other emergency workers.

In an interview with Time magazine last week, 24-year-old Grande spoke about her response to the attack and its impact on her music.

Some laid bouquets of flowers in St. Ann's Square; others left hand-written notes on Japanese maples that have been planted to form a "Trees of Hope" trail through the city.

What made us really think about it the most was when Jesse [Lingard] and I went to visit some of the younger victims in hospital.

Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr sent video tributes as Manchester held a special anniversary service last night (May 22) to mark one year since the devastating arena attack.

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Leaders of the catholic and protestant churches, as well as figures from the Sikh, Jewish, Muslim and Humanist communities also read at the service.

Earlier Manchester came together in an emotional day of remembrance, with 800 people attending an afternoon commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral while a one-minute silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm. He shared a Bible reading during the memorial service; the passage from the First Epistle to the Corinthians was read at the funeral of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, some 20 years ago.

"The multi-faith service will remember those who lost their lives in the tragedy", Kensington Palace said in a statement. Because we know what is to come, all images of the concert seem like grim foreshadowing, from the stylised silver teardrops on the face of the performer to the explosions of the beat or the screams of the crowd. "It's a case of standing strong".

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

They included Don't Look Back in Anger by Oasis, One Day Like This by Elbow and Never Forget by Take That. Instead 100 pedestrians and a handful of transport police who rushed to the scene improvised, with T-shirts for tourniquets and crush barriers for stretchers.

Bells will ring out across the city center at 10:31 mark the exact moment of the explosion a year ago. The U.K. has issued an arrest warrant for Abedi's younger brother, Hashem Abedi, and is seeking his extradition from Libya - a far-from-straightforward process given that country's political chaos.

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