Ariana Grande marks anniversary of Manchester bomb attack

Piers Morgan

On 22 May 2017 a suicide bomber detonated a shrapnel-laden homemade bomb as people were leaving Manchester Arena following a concert by the then 23-year-old singer.

Robby Potter, who was hit by shrapnel as he waited to pick his daughter up from the concert, said he felt he had to come to the service "to support the families who have lost people".

The school choir which accompanied Ariana Grande at the One Love Manchester benefit last summer (Jun17) were part of a massive city celebration on Tuesday (22May18).

Well-wishers have also been encouraged to share messages of tribute, solidarity and love, and hang them on the Trees of Hope trail throughout the city, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Tweeting alongside the clip, she wrote: "so wish i were there with u all today. u have no idea. love you so v much".

"It was created to strike at the heart of our values and our way of life in one of our most vibrant cities, with the aim of breaking our resolve and dividing us".

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Twitter REACTION The 53-year-old said he was'delighted with the reception as it united the crowd

The city marked the day with a series of memorials, including a service at the Manchester Cathedral for a minute of silence.Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May joined survivors and emergency workers who responded to the attack for a remembrance service at the cathedral.

"I stood out in St Ann's Square, with my arms out and a cardboard sign that said 'I'm a Muslim, I trust you".

Paul also paid tribute to soldier Lee Rigby, who was killed in a terrorist attack near the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich, London, five years ago on May 22, 2013.

Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, told BBC Radio that all those impacted would be "at the very forefront of our minds" during the day.

Zoe Unsworth finished the night off with a couple of songs including Oasis' Don't Look Back in Anger, which acted as a symbol of unity in Manchester after the terrorist attack past year.

And at At 10.31pm, bells will ring out from the city's Town Hall, St Ann's Church and St Mary's RC Church to mark the moment when the attack took place 12 months ago.

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