Council reveals images of memorial to those who died in the Manchester Arena attack

Manchester City Council has announced that a permanent memorial to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing will be a garden space.

The city is preparing to mark three years since the attack with a virtual ceremony this Friday, with people being urged to stay at home.

Glade of Light is designed to be a tranquil garden space, with a planting scheme planned.

At the heart of the memorial is a white stone ring 'halo' which will bear the names of the 22 who lost their lives set in bronze, with personalised memory capsules - containing memories and mementos to be provided by their loved ones- held within the stone.

It is intended to submit a planning application for the memorial - to be located between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham's School of Music, at the foot of Fennel Street where it meets Victoria Street - in June.

Credit: Manchester City Council

"Manchester will never forget the terrible events of 22 May 2017. Those who were killed, those who lost loved ones and all those whose lives changed forever that night are forever in our thoughts.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council
22 people were killed in the Manchester Arena attack . Credit:

Due to coronavirus-related restrictions people are being encouraged not to gather together to mark the anniversary on Friday, or leave tributes, but to mark it online or at home.

Prayers led by Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender, which will include the names of the 22 people who lost their lives being read out, will take place at 9am and 4.30pm on Friday 22 May and be livestreamed.

During the morning service, people watching will be invited to join in by lighting a candle in remembrance.

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