Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester attack anniversary

Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester attack anniversary

The singalong came after a day of events to mark the first anniversary of the horrific event, including a service at Manchester Cathedral - including a one-minute silence observed across the United Kingdom - and a gathering in the city on Tuesday evening (22.05.18).

As Manchester prepares to mark one year since the terror attack on the city's Arena which left 22 people dead, ITV News has been hearing from some of those who responded to the tragedy.

Oasis' track "Don't Look Back in Anger" became a symbol of hope in the immediate aftermath of the attack, with Manchester residents bursting into the song after a minute's silence for the victims back in 2017. "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".

"The targeting of the young and innocent as they enjoyed a carefree night out. was an act of sickening cowardice", Theresa May wrote in the city's paper the Manchester Evening News.

"Thinking of you all today and every day". "My heart is always going to be in Manchester, always has been and always will be".

Ariana had previously taken to social media earlier in the day to voice her support for her fans in Manchester.

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

"All of you - and many more in this great city - are the very best of what this country stands for".

"Nobody will ever forget what happened but the way Manchester pulled together shows you everything you need to know about the people here".

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 victims were represented by 22 lit candles on the altar, which were made using wax from the thousands left in their memory by mourners in St Ann's Square at the time of the attack. Meanwhile the Duke of Cambridge gave a reading and met some of the bereaved families.

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.


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