Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims

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.

A choir of survivors from the attack were among those who performed, with one young member of the group in tears during the emotional performance.

Other performances included Oasis hit Wonderwall, by Manchester’s lesbian and gay chorus choir, and a group of emergency services staff singing Bridge Over Troubled Water.

A choir of survivors of the attack produced a triumphant performance


Video:Manchester bombing: One city, one voice
Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims
Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims

The event, on a warm evening in Manchester, ended with a half-hour crowd singalong.

Noel Gallagher appeared on screen to introduce Don’t Look Back In Anger – the track that became so popular in the days after the attack as a song of hope and defiance.

People sang the anthemic chorus at the top of their voices as the city showed the same spirit and resilience that it displayed in the aftermath of the bombing.

Elbow’s One Day Like This followed, then Grande’s One Last Time.

Twenty-two people died in the suicide bombing
Image:Twenty-two people died in the suicide bombing

Take That’s Never Forget followed as members of the crowd embraced and held their hands in the air – before The Beatles’ All You Need Is Love rounded things off.

Around an hour and a half later, at 10.31pm, bells on Manchester Town Hall, St Ann’s Church, and St Mary’s RC Church rang to mark the time the bomb went off one year ago.

The commemorations began in the afternoon when Prince William and Theresa May attended a remembrance service at Manchester Cathedral, and were joined by the families and friends of those killed.

Ariana Grande
Image:Ariana Grande said she was ‘thinking of you all today and every day’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable were also there.

The attack happened a year ago, when Salman Abedi blew himself up in the foyer after a concert by Ariana Grande.

The blast killed 22 people and 800 others were physically or psychologically injured.

Prince Harry


Video:Prince Harry remembers Manchester victims

US pop star Grande tweeted: “Thinking of you all today and every day. 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.”

A minute’s silence took place at 2.30pm and was marked across the country.

Prince Harry, carrying out his first public engagement as a married man, also remembered the victims during a speech in London.

Hand-stitched hearts have been placed around Manchester as part of a social media campaign
Image:Hearts have been placed around Manchester as part of a social media campaign

With his wife and father looking on, he paid tribute to the “amazing work” of the emergency services and those who responded on the night.

He added: “Our thoughts are with those who lost loved ones and those still dealing with the experiences of that night.”

The Duke of Cambridge leaves a message on a 'Tree of Hope' in Manchester
Image:The Duke of Cambridge left a message on a ‘Tree of Hope’ in Manchester

People laid flowers and cards in St Ann’s Square, which became a focal point for mourners after the attack.

More than 7,000 handmade stitched hearts were also been dotted around Manchester city centre, with people encouraged to take them as part of the social media campaign #aheart4mcr.

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.

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