How Manchester will commemorate the anniversary of the Arena attack
Last year’s terror attack at Manchester Arena, which claimed the lives of 22 music fans, shook both Manchester and the rest of the world.
In a truly Mancunian sense of solidarity, the city stood together to show that Manchester was united and refused to bow to the spread of hatred.
On the 22nd May, one year after the tragedy, Manchester City Council has outlined plans to mark the anniversary.
The services will follow the theme of Remembrance, Reflection and Celebration of Life, recognising the 22 people who lost their lives, those who were injured and first responders.
Before the anniversary there will be a ‘Trees of Hope’ trail, where the public can offer their messages of hope and support on trees located around the city, including St Ann’s Square.
There will be a minutes silence during the Great Manchester Run which takes place on Sunday 20 May, as well as fundraising for the We Love Manchester charity.
The 22 May will be marked with a Civic Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral, which will welcome bereaved families and first responders to reflect on the tragic events that happened.
In addition, Manchester Together, a free public event at Albert Square, will allow Mancunians to come together once again in a show of solidarity.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The horrific events of 22 May shocked not just this city but the world. Those who lost loved ones, and those who were left physically or mentally injured, will always have a place in our thoughts and we will never forget the 22 people, including children, whose lives were taken away.
“The aftermath of the attack also saw a remarkable display of solidarity and love in and for Manchester, a refusal to let those who would divide us to get their twisted way. Even as we grieved, we were proud to stand resiliently together.
“The first anniversary of the attack will be an intensely emotional time for a great many people. Everyone touched by those events has a unique personal experience and we have tried to be mindful of this in planning a range of events."
The plans are still in development and more details will be released closer to the time.