Thousands to mark Manchester Arena anniversary

Bells will ring across Manchester at 10.31pm to mark the exact time Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at Manchester Arena last year, killing himself and 22 others.

To mark the first anniversary of the attack at the end of an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May last year, events, including a service at Manchester Cathedral and a sing-along vigil, will take place across the city, with thousands of people expected to attend.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “Manchester has changed; we’re stronger and more together and there is a palpable sense of community spirit. But underneath the scars are very real and deep. We’re a city in recovery.”

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