23 May 2018Hot off the Press
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Hundreds of people have gathered to hold a one year anniversary memorial to remember the victims of the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing.
Twenty-two people were killed and hundreds injured when a bomb was set off during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017.
The memorial, which was broadcast to crowds outside in Cathedral Gardens on a giant screen, was attended by high profile figures including Prince William and British Prime Minister, Theresa May, who joined the families of those died in the attack.
The day of remembrance included one minute’s silence that was observed across the nation.
Twenty-two candles were lit inside the cathedral where the Very Reverend Rogers Govender welcomed the people to the service, saying they had “come together as people of different faiths” and, “You who were hurt or bereaved 12 months ago today are forever part of Manchester and forever part of us.”
The welcome was followed by short addresses by various leaders of faith, including Nidhi Sinha, Rabbi Warren Elf, Imam Irfan Chishti, and Sukhbir Singh, and from humanist Dr Kevin Malone.
The service also saw a bible reading from the Duke of Cambridge and performances by the Manchester Cathedral Choir, who sang a moving rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’.
It ended with a blessing from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
Prince William, Ms May, and other various political figures left messages on the “Trees of Hope”, which is a trail of trees that are adorned with special tags for the anniversary.
American singer, Ariana Grande, who called the attacks “the worst of humanity”, tweeted during the anniversary to share her condolences.
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
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 22, 2018