Choirs gather for Manchester celebration on the anniversary of bomb blast

Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims on anniversary of attack

Ariana Grande marked the one-year anniversary of the bombing at her Manchester, England concert with a touching message on Twitter. "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 along with a worker bee emoticon which is widely used to represent the city as a symbol of industry.

On May 22, 2017, Grande had just left the stage at the Manchester Arena when police say suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated an explosive device, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100 others.

Ariana Grande performing during the One Love Manchester benefit concert.

A larger single lit candle remembered bereaved families and friends, the hundreds who were physically or psychologically injured and their families and friends, those who helped on the night and those who have assisted or supported the community in their recovery.

Thousands of people paused outside Manchester Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. for a minute of silence that was observed across the country - including in Parliament, where lawmakers paused their debates and fell still. "I have flashbacks", he said.

Also in attendance at the service were the grandparents of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell-Hardy who was killed in the attack.

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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.

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.

Officiating the service, the Dean of Manchester, the Very Rev Rogers Govender, said: "In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, as we remember with love before God those whose lives were lost, and those whose lives have been changed forever and have to live with the awful memories of that day 12 months ago".

"Music is supposed to be the safest thing in the world".

Around an hour and a half later, at 10.31pm, bells on Manchester Town Hall, St Ann's Church, and St Mary's RC Church rang to mark the time the bomb went off one year ago.

The lyrics of the song resonate with the message of remembrance and moving forward.

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