Published: Thu, May 24, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Choirs gather for Manchester celebration on the anniversary of bomb blast

Choirs gather for Manchester celebration on the anniversary of bomb blast

Hundreds of concertgoers were also injured on May 22, 2017, when a 22-year-old strapped a homemade bomb to his body and detonated it in the foyer of Manchester Arena.

Robby Potter, who was hit by shrapnel as he waited to pick his daughter up from the concert, said he felt he had to come to the service "to support the families who have lost people".

And DJ Nick Grimshaw also sent love to those affected by the attack, while also praising the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which was organised by Ariana and Scooter shortly after the attack.

A minute's silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm with tears inside the cathedral, where photographs of those killed were displayed on screens, and outside, where thousands watched in Cathedral Gardens.

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Choirs gather for Manchester celebration on the anniversary of bomb blast

"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.

"I love you with all of me and [I] am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day", she wrote in a tweet that included a bee, the civic symbol of Manchester.

Twenty-three people including the attacker were killed in the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert.

More than 50,000 people turned out at the Old Trafford cricket ground just two weeks after the attack to watch stars such as Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher perform.

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"It was created to strike at the heart of our values and our way of life in one of our most vibrant cities, with the aim of breaking our resolve and dividing us".

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Joan Hitchen, thanked the emergency responders who helped "bring our Manchester together again".

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.

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

Some laid bouquets of flowers in St. Ann's Square.

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