Manchester attack: City remembers arena bomb victims

Two girls injured in the attack visit the new Children's Hospital Garden in Manchester

The American singer Grande, who visited the injured in hospital in the wake of the bombing and returned two weeks later to host a fund-raising concert, wrote on Twitter: "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".

Ariana took a year off following the attack to compile her new music, drawing inspiration from the tragedy for her new album Sweetener.

Ariana Grande has opened up recently about how she has been affected by the suicide bombing that took place at one of her concerts at Manchester Arena past year, killing 23 people including the bomber himself.

Performers join Ariana Grande at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in a concert to benefit the victims of the terror attack after her Manchester show last month. "Thinking of you all today and every day", she wrote, with an emoji of the bumblebee which is a symbol of Manchester.

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

"This is Noel Gallagher, and I am here on behalf on Manchester Together In One Voice", said the former Oasis frontman via a video played to the crowd.

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.

Along with Prince William and the prime minister, other dignitaries present included the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Scotland's first minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham.

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". British Muslims should know that it is their Islamic duty to protect our country from these barbaric terrorists and we stand firmly with the Authorities.

Later, thousands of people - including a choir of survivors - are due to gather for a concert and sing-song in St. Ann's Square. She texted Braun to say, "If I don't do something, these people died in vain".

Take That's Never Forget followed as members of the crowd embraced and held their hands in the air - before The Beatles' All You Need Is Love rounded things off.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the Manchester bombing as a live murder inquiry, with a sustained team of around 100 police officers on the case.

Bells on the city hall and churches will ring out at 10:31 p.m., exactly a year since the bomb exploded.

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