Voices raised for Manchester bomb dead

Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims on anniversary of attack

The 24-year-old singer took to her Twitter account to mark the anniversary of the horrific incident, which saw a suicide bomber detonate a nail bomb outside the Manchester Arena just after her concert finished, and she admitted the milestone will be a "challenging" day.

One year on from the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a message on a "Tree of Hope" in Manchester.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, tweeted: "Today we come together, we remember each of the 22 people whose lives were taken".

The service, attended by first responders, civic leaders and some of the scores injured in the bombing, led the minute of silence at 2.30pm (2330 AEST), which was also marked at British government buildings nationwide.

The school choir which accompanied Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit last summer (Jun17) were part of a massive city celebration on Tuesday (22May18).

An estimated 3,000 singers were thought to be at the open-air Manchester Together - With One Voice event to perform songs by some of the city's most successful bands.

Rachel and Mia, from Bolton, said they had come "to show we won't be beaten and show you carry on and remember those who died".

"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."
I am proud of the response of our city and we showed the world the visual impression of our diversity and unity, I lost count of the kind words worldwide guests had for our City's response.

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

"Since taking over the club we've wanted to do something to honour those affected by the attack", said managing director Jamie Tunstall.

Members of the public also watched the proceedings on screen at York Minster, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Glasgow Cathedral.

They sang Rise Up by Andra Day before they held aloft 22 candles. "It will also give thanks to emergency workers who assisted on the ground and in the aftermath of the attack".

"We wanted to turn what will be a really sad day into a happy day making happy memories", said Ruth, who was waiting in the foyer of the Manchester Arena to pick up Emily when the bomb exploded.

"There are so many people who have suffered such loss and pain", she said, sobbing.

The atrocity was one of a spate of terrorist attacks to hit Britain past year - the one in Manchester and four in London - that included bombings and deadly violence with vehicles and knives.

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