Ariana Grande sends love to fans on Manchester massacre anniversary

Marcus Rashford pays emotional tribute on first anniversary of Manchester bombing			
   by Paul Miles 

Marcus Rashford pays emotional tribute on first anniversary of Manchester bombing by Paul Miles Published

The Ramadhan Foundation was proud to bring faith leaders from across Greater Manchester together two days after the attack in St Anne's Square to show the world that whatever our background, faith, ethnicity as a city we were one and united.

The attack on May 22 previous year claimed 22 lives after a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel bomb as fans came out of Grandes concert at Manchester Arena. The pop star wrote in a tweet to survivors and the families of victims that she was "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", she wrote.

After performances by several choirs, the crowd joined in a mass sing-along of tunes including Grande's "One Last Time", "Look Back In Anger" by Oasis - an unofficial anthem of Manchester after the bombing - and The Beatles' "All You Need is Love".

Albert Square hosted the Manchester Together - With One Voice event, which featured songs by Elbow and Oasis and as well as by American singer Ariana Grande, reported Sky News. Grande suspended her Dangerous Woman Tour after the bombing and returned for the One Love Manchester charity concert weeks later, which raised funds for victims of the attack.

The Parrs Wood High School's Harmony Group joined several local organisations, including the Manchester Survivors Choir, which features Grande fans who attended the fateful concert a years ago.

Manchester is marking the day with a series of events including the memorial service at the cathedral and a musical tribute in the evening. "You can't stop the sound of love".

"I wish there was more that I could fix". The video pays tribute to the Manchester bombing victims with the image of a bee, a symbol of the city.

A one-minute silence was observed in the cathedral, across the city and in public buildings across the country.

People laid flowers and cards in St Ann's Square, which became a focal point for mourners after 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. 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.

Afterwards, Prince William met privately with some of the bereaved families and left a handwritten message on a Tree of Hope.

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