- 8am to 11pm - Trees of Hope will have volunteers on hand to hand out message tags
- 2pm to 3pm - A public screening of the private memorial service at Manchester Cathedral in Cathedral gardens
- 2.30pm - A national minute's silence to mark the first anniversary
- 6pm - Albert Square will open to the public
- 7.30-9pm - With One Voice at Albert Square
- Dusk - There is a Light at St Ann’s Square
- 10.31pm - Bells ring out across the city
With One Voice
The sun shone, the voices harmonised. A city stood united. A year on from the tragic attack that brought a city to a standstill, the public turned up in their thousands in Manchester’s Albert Square this evening to remember, reflect and rise in solidarity.
If the private memorial service and national minute's silence that took place earlier in the day offered chance for individual reflection, the evening’s event was an opportunity for Mancunian families to stand shoulder to shoulder and show the world once again that it is a city unified by love.
Several minutes of applause broke out as poet Tony Walsh, who penned the poem This Is The Place, called for 'a city united.'
The sense of solidarity reached its peak at 8:30, as the square sang together in a truly heart-warming and defiantly Manchester delivery of Don't Look Back in Anger, evoking the spontaneous group singing of the song following last year’s minute's silence in St Ann’s Square just after the attack.
A song about love was a fitting way to end the day. While there was sadness and remembrance for the victims, Manchester also showed that love would overcome hate and the city would be united by its response to the attack.
The unity was evident through Ariana Grande’s One Last Time, Elbow’s One Day Like This, climaxing with All You Need Is Love.
The crowd swayed in unison, with policemen and security guards alike dancing on the side-lines. Even after the evening’s close, stragglers remained to sing choruses of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now, as the sun began to set over the square.
The extraordinary tribute high above Manchester to the Arena bomb victims https://t.co/wb8CBsumvK— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) May 22, 2018
Live from Albert Square https://t.co/3GYOR04RrO— Andrew Greaves (@AndrewGreaves84) May 22, 2018
"Every time I fail at something, I go for it the next day, I fall again, and I go up again."— i newspaper (@theipaper) May 22, 2018
Manchester survivor Robby Potter is walking again one year after the #ManchesterAttack - defying the odds https://t.co/9MI3qdE6wh pic.twitter.com/EAd1AzjmWr
Vernon Park remembers the 22 people killed in the Manchester attack, 22 nd May 2017. pic.twitter.com/TJA3j31WQi— Vernon Park Primary (@vernonpark17) May 22, 2018
My thoughts are with the victim's family and those affected by last night's stabbing in Islington.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 22, 2018
Thank you to the emergency services and everyone who helped, including St Mary's church that stayed open as a Council rest centre through the night to provide shelter and support.
The remembrance service at Manchester Cathedral will get underway in an hours time - Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and the Duke of Cambridge will be attending #ManchesterTogether #HeartNews pic.twitter.com/ni02PdP0gD— North West News (@HeartNWNews) May 22, 2018
Please Donate! I'm meet Lizzie from the @NWAirAmbulance for lunch. Let's try and get to 15 of the target by the!— Nathan Rae (@nathanrae) May 22, 2018
The #NWAA is an amazing charity who help poeple 365 days a year. Donate here: https://t.co/YzkA5Oas8P#HeartMcrRun #WeLoveManchester
The Bury Lions Club are singing loud and proud to remember those we lost. Music is a part of Manchester's soul and tonight, we'll be joined by choirs from across the city to sing songs of solidarity and hope.— Manchester City Council (@ManCityCouncil) May 22, 2018
Join us: https://t.co/BP75bCkTq5#mcrtogether pic.twitter.com/Olauc5IbkD
Love and thoughts to those we lost in Manchester a year ago. My Thoughts are with those 22 angels, their families and all who were there that day pic.twitter.com/cVWnDpqqqX— Stephanie Davis (@Stephdavis77) May 22, 2018