Published: Wed, May 23, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Manchester bombing: Ariana Grande sends love as commemorations mark first anniversary

Manchester bombing: Ariana Grande sends love as commemorations mark first anniversary

After keeping an understandably low profile in the months following the attack, Grande has been returning to the spotlight, from preparing to release a new album with an anthemic new single, co-hosting The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, opening this year's Billboard Music Awards, and attending the 2018 Met Gala - her first red carpet appearance since Manchester.

Manchester Together in Albert Square featured songs by Elbow and Oasis. What happened in Manchester on May 22, 2017 was unimaginable. "The atmosphere has been good so far, but it's still a bit sad". The concert had a really big impact on the city and it helped a lot of people take a step towards overcoming the disaster. During Grande's July show in Buenos Aires, the singer reprised her take on "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", which she also performed at One Love. Another dedicated to 28-year-old staffer John Atkinson, who was one of those killed in the attack, says, "though you may be out of sight, you live forever in my heart and mind".

This year, thousands gathered again on the same spot in an atmosphere that was much more upbeat.

Tony Walsh's poem This Is The Place, which left many in tears a year ago was this time set to a dance beat, with the crowd clapping along, cheering and giving it a rapturous round of applause.

We are Manchester, a city united.

Meanwhile, her manager, Scooter Braun, shared a picture of the cover of Tuesday's (22.05.18) Manchester Evening News newspaper, which featured a heart made of bees and the names of the victims, and wrote on Instagram: "Never forgotten".

Other tributes and signs of remembrance can be seen all throughout the city.

"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 bad memories of that day 12 months ago", said Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender during the service, which was relayed to crowds of people watching on screens in the Cathedral gardens - located next to Manchester Arena, where Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb.

Later in the day, more than 3,000 singers from local choirs, including a group who were at the arena on the night, are expected to join forces at a "Manchester together" event in the city with half an hour of communal singing.

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The 22 people who died when a bomb exploded at the end of a concert by USA singer Ariana Grande in Manchester a year ago were remembered today in a sombre service in Manchester Cathedral.

That concert was held two weeks after the homemade device was detonated outside Grande's concert.

"It's unusual because I never used to have fear over anything. I have flashbacks", he said.

"I must've died 200 times in my nightmares".

As the crowd responded, Walsh shouted: "This is what love sounds like".

"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.

Before William left the city he attached a note to one of the Trees of Hope, a trail of small Japanese maple trees from Victoria Station to St Ann's Square, to add to the many thousands of similar messages of support and hope left by members of the public.

From 21:30 BST, song lyrics chosen by members of the public will be projected onto its pavements and buildings.

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