Voices raised for Manchester bomb dead

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Ariana Grande is remembering the victims of the Manchester bombing, one year after 22 people were killed when a bomb exploded after one of her concerts in the city.

'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'.

On this day, last year, suicide bomber Salman Abedi denonated a bomb outside of Grande's show in the Arena as thousands of fans were heading out of her concert, killing 22 and injuring more than 500.

2017 emergency services at Manchester Arena after a bomb went off during an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester U.K
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Poet Tony Walsh, who last May read his poem This Is The Place, returned to Albert Square and encouraged the crowd to make a minute's noise for all those affected by the blast, including the injured, the first responders and NHS staff involved in the care of those affected.

Fans in the city have come together to commemorate the victims of the brutal attack. The event will include renditions of Grande's "One Last Time" and "Look Back In Anger" by Oasis, which became an unofficial anthem of Manchester after the bombing.

Grande recently opened up about the terror attack outside her concert premises, saying the memories of the incident are still fresh. The video pays tribute to the Manchester bombing victims with the image of a bee, a symbol of the city.

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Daren Buckley, who is in Manchester Survivors' Choir, said he had found comfort in singing, but that his recovery was far from complete.

Shaun Ryder, of the Happy Mondays, said: 'I am thinking of you.

Earlier Manchester came together in an emotional day of remembrance, with 800 people attending an afternoon commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral while a one-minute silence - observed nationwide - was held at 2.30pm.

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Among the dignitaries who were present were the Duke of Cambridge, Prime Minister Theresa May, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, Greater Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council. "It will also give thanks to emergency workers who assisted on the ground and in the aftermath of the attack".

On the altar stood 22 lit candles, made from the wax of thousands of candles left in the city's St. Ann's Square in the days after the attack.

For the rest of the week, song lyrics will be projected onto St. Ann's Church, St. Ann's Square and New Cathedral street from dusk on May 22 through to May 26.

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Bells will ring out across the city center at 10:31 p.m.to mark the exact moment of the explosion past year.

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