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Manchester Arena anniversary: full programme of events

Events are planned for St Ann's Square and Albert Square - important spaces for people in the aftermath of the atrocity. Photo: PA

Manchester is preparing to mark a year since the terror attack at the city's Arena, which killed 22 people.

Here is the programme of events planned for the city:

8:00
'Trees of Hope' trail opens

A trail of 'Trees of Hope' will run from Victoria Station through to St Ann’s Square.

Volunteers will hand out message tags which can be hung on branches along the trail.

It will give people the chance to leave tributes to the victims, or share messages of support and solidarity.

The 'Trees of Hope' trail map. Credit: Manchester City Council/ Google Maps
14:00
Cathedral Service
An invite-only service will be streamed live throughout the country. Credit: PA

A memorial service will take place at Manchester Cathedral - attended by an invited congregation including the families of those who lost their lives, those injured, first responders, civic leaders and senior national figures.

The service will be streamed live in Cathedral Gardens - and at York Minster, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Glasgow Cathedral.

14:30
A minute of silence

A national minute of silence will be held around the country to mark the first anniversary of the bombing.

18:00
Albert Square opens
Crowds can start to gather for a musical commemoration from 6pm. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Albert Square will open to the public at 6pm, so people can gather in place ready for the commemoration events.

19:30
'With One Voice' event

Albert Square, the scene of remembrance on the day after the attack, will host a public event in the early evening giving people the chance to come together again and stand in solidarity.

The event is open to anyone, and features a mass-singalong "in a united act of remembrance".

The event will be supported by choirs from across the region, and will include a selection of songs that evoke pride and solidarity.

Dusk
'There is a Light' event
Tributes at St Ann's square in Manchester in the days after the Arena attack Credit: ITV News

As dusk falls, song lyrics will be projected onto the pavements and buildings of St Ann's Square - another area which became an important public space after the attack in May last year.

It will be a space for reflection and to pay respects to those who died.

The projections will run for five nights after the anniversary, and people can submit song lyricswhich will help reflect the event or which could inspire hope or pride in others.

22:31
Bells ring out across the city

At 22:31, exactly one year on from the moment a suicide bomber detonated an explosive at Manchester Arena, bells will ring out in churches across the city.

It's an act of commemoration for the 22 people who died, and the countless others whose lives were changed forever by the attack.

22 people were killed in the atrocity in May last year. Credit: ITV News

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