Manchester Arena terror attack

22 people have been killed and 59 have been injured in the blast at Manchester Arena. Children are among the dead. The attack was carried out by a lone male suicide bomber who detonated an improvised explosive device. He died at the arena.

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Choirs queue up to support 'Manchester Together' on the first anniversary of Arena attack

Tributes at St Ann's square in Manchester in the days after the Arena attack Credit: ITV Granada

There has been an overwhelming response to a call-out for choirs to take part in the 'Manchester Together – With One Voice' event to commemorate the anniversary of the 22 May Arena attack.

Around 4,000 people representing more than 80 choirs have applied to take part in the Albert Square event, culminating in a mass singalong for the final half hour.

The choirs will be led by Dan McDwyer, the choirmaster who directed Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury whose moving tribute to the 22 people who lost their lives in the attack went viral last May.

Members of the public are encouraged to come along to share in the moment and add their voices to the singalong.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said:

“There was a remarkable response to last year’s terrible events as people united to show their strength, solidarity and refusal to give in to hatred. Once again thousands will join together with one voice, marking an emotional anniversary in a fitting way.

Dan McDwyer said:

"To harness the power of communities in one voice will be a special moment that I am honoured to be asked to conduct and to be a part of."

Simon Cowell praises Manchester Arena survivor's courage in Britain's Got Talent auditition

Hollie Booth who survived the Arena attack, shielded by her aunt Credit: Family picture

Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell has said a survivor of the Manchester Arena attack showed that "cowards can't win" when she auditioned for the talent programme.

Hollie Booth, who's 13, returned to Manchester to dance to a medley of Ariana Grande hits with friends who borrowed wheelchairs in a show of support.

Hollie only survived the attack at the Arena after her aunt Kelly Brewster shielded her and Hollie's mother, when the blast ripped through the foyer of the arena on May 22 last year, leaving 22 victims dead.

32 year old Kelly Brewster, from Sheffield died in the attack as she saved her sister and niece.

Kelly Brewster died in the Manchester Arena attack Credit: @Shyamus18

"God only knows how she dealt with that at her age, the effect it must still have. The fact that she got together with a bunch of friends and did something, more than just an act, it was a statement.

"It showed that the cowards can't win and that she overcame it.

" It was one of those moments I will never, ever forget."

– Judge Simon Cowell

"I would say that, for me that audition was bigger than the show, that's the only way to describe the magnitude of what she's been through and the moment of her performing on the show. It felt bigger than us."

– Fellow Judge Alesha Dixon


WATCH : Charity ball for Arena bomb victims

They were among the first on the scene after the Manchester Arena attack.

Now a group of Greater Manchester police officers are helping again.

They are hosting a ball later at Lancashire Cricket Club to raise money for those affected by the atrocity in May 2017.

Sam Gaunt is one of the organisers of the event.

USA schoolchildren send messages of hope to Manchester Arena victims

Messages of hope and support have been sent from school children in America to survivors of the Manchester Arena Terror Attack.

The youngsters from New Jersey contacted the Tim Parry and Jonathan Ball Peace Foundation in Warrington which is helping families rebuild their lives.

Credit: pa

The children sent cards to be passed on to the families they are supporting.

Since the attack, the Peace Foundation has assisted over 700 individuals who were affected.

So far, the charity has received cards from children from across six classes at McKinley and Franklin schools in New Jersey, displaying positive messages of peace and hope.


First on the scene at Manchester Arena after bomb attack honoured

Some of the first people on the scene of the Manchester Arena bombing have been honoured for their bravery at a special ceremony.

Police, transport officers and rail staff working at nearby Victoria station rushed to help the injured and stayed with them throughout the night.

Meanwhile, a teenager caught up in the attack has written a poem about her experience.

PCSO says its a great honour to attend Arena Bomb ceremony

Lewis Brown at today's ceremony Credit: GTV

A special ceremony is being held in Manchester to recognise the actions of transport police and rail staff following the terror attack at the Arena.

People working at nearby Victoria Station were some of the first on the scene following the blast last May.

The Commendation Ceremony was held at Manchester Town Hall.

Lewis Brown, who is a Police Community Support Officer, says it is a great honour to be invited.

A special thank you

22 people died in the arena attack in May 2017 Credit: pa

A special ceremony's being held in Manchester later to recognise the actions of transport police and rail staff following the terror attack at the Arena.

The staff working at the adjoining Victoria Station were among the first on the scene following the blast last May.

The Commendation Ceremony's being held at Manchester Town Hall

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