It has been two years since the terrorist attack at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena – here is how our city is honouring the 22 victims.
A civic memorial service at St Ann’s church is taking place at 2pm on Wednesday 22 May 2019 reserved for the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, and first responders.
Following a series of high profile events for the first anniversary last year, Manchester City Council consulted with families and agreed that this year’s anniversary will be more intimate.
At 10.31pm on 22 May, bells will ring out from buildings across the city centre including Manchester Town Hall, Manchester Cathedral and St Ann’s Church.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Those who were killed and their loved ones, as well as all those left physically or mentally injured, have a place in our hearts not just on the 22 May but every day.
“Everyone’s experience of the terrible events of 22 May 2017 was different and we recognise and respect that others may wish to mark it in their own ways.
“We are also making progress towards a permanent physical commemoration in the city, a space which will be a focus for reflection and remembrance.“
Manchester Cathedral is open throughout the day, for those wishing for some quiet time and prayer, with opportunities to light candles and remember those who lost their lives.