‘Sending you light’: Ariana’s love for Manchester

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Ariana Grande has paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack a year after 22 people were killed in the bomb blast.

The US singer had just finished performing and concert-goers were leaving the arena when 22-year-old Salman Abedi blew himself up in the building’s foyer.

On Tuesday, Grande tweeted: “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.”

Members of the public receive treatment from emergency service staff at Victoria Railway Station close to the Manchester Arena
Image: 22 May 2017: Members of the public receive treatment from emergency service staff

Her tribute comes ahead of a service of remembrance for the victims to mark the first anniversary.

Relatives of the 22 people who died and some of the survivors of the bomb will be joined by the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister at the service in Manchester Cathedral.

The ceremony will include a national silence at 2.30pm to allow the country to remember those who died.

In an article for the Manchester Evening News, Theresa May said: “The targeting of the young and innocent as they enjoyed a carefree night out in the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 was an act of sickening cowardice.

“It was designed 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. It failed.

“For such appalling acts of wickedness will do nothing but strengthen our resolve to defeat such twisted ideologies and beliefs.

“The resilience and determination shown by this city in the 12 months since is testament to that.”

The front page of the Manchester Evening News
Image: The front page of the Manchester Evening News

Along with the 22 people who were killed, more than 800 others, many of them children, were either physically or psychologically injured, according to police.

The youngest person to die was just eight years old.

Some of those who were at the concert will be performing at a special event on Tuesday evening as part of the Manchester Survivors Choir.

Ariana Grande
Image: Ariana Grande had just performed when the bomb exploded

They will join more than 3,000 singers from local choirs at the Manchester Together – With One Voice event in the city’s Albert Square from 7.30pm to 9pm.

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And at At 10.31pm, bells will ring out from the city’s Town Hall, St Ann’s Church and St Mary’s RC Church to mark the moment when the attack took place 12 months ago.

:: Watch the Manchester Arena memorial service live on Sky News from 2pm.

From – SkyNews

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