Manchester bomb attack: United Kingdom remembers victims one year on


Britain stopped Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack that left 22 people dead as they exited a joyful concert by singer Ariana Grande in the city of Manchester.

Among all the details that Jamie Roberts's heart-rending documentary, Manchester: The Night of the Bomb (BBC Two, Tuesday, 9pm) gives you to consider from that baleful night - the expectations of the young pop fans at an Ariana Grande concert, the bad carnage of the attack, the biography of the attacker and the inadequate rescue response on the night - those words are oddly consoling.

"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", she wrote in a tweet that included a bee, the civic symbol of Manchester.

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.

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).

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Earlier Manchester came together in an emotional day of remembrance, with 800 people attending an afternoon commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral while a one-minute silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm.

Some 7,000 knitted and crocheted hearts were also dotted around the city centre while a trail of 28 Japanese maple trees had been planted in compost made from last year's memorial flowers leading from the station to the Cathedral Gardens for people to hang "message of hope" on their branches.

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford wrote a tribute to his home city on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Manchester Together in Albert Square featured songs by Elbow and Oasis.

The crowd also heard from some of those singing, including two members of the A City United Choir, a one-off coming together of the signing groups attached to the city's Premier League football teams.

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On the altar stood 22 lit candles, made from the wax of thousands of candles left in the city's St. Ann's Square in the days after the attack. Prince William, second in line to the British throne, read a passage from the Bible.

Speaking after the service, Mr Potter said: "It brought a lot of memories back, but it was somewhere we had to come to support the families who have lost people". "The country stood strong, especially Manchester".

"We are showing Manchester and the world that we carry on", said Cath Day of the Manchester Survivors Choir. Ariana Grande's One More Time proved a little more tricky for anyone over 20 and it turns out no one really knows the verses to Never Forget by Take That, despite its belting chorus.

Police say 100 investigators are still working on the case.

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