Manchester holds mass singalong for arena victims on anniversary of attack

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On May 22, 2017, at the conclusion of Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena, an explosion set off in the foyer by suicide bomber Salman Abedi, a British national of Libyan descent, killed 22 concertgoers and wounded at least 119.

One year on from the attack, Prime Minister Theresa May leaves a message on a "Tree of Hope" in Manchester.

Robby Potter, who was hit by shrapnel as he waited to pick his daughter up from the concert, said he felt he had to come to the service "to support the families who have lost people".

Sixteen-year-old Lowton singer Jack Hillidge was first up on stage and he performed Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Ariana Grande's One Last Time.

The hour-long service will include a minute silence that will be observed throughout the United Kingdom. "Thinking of you all today and every day", she wrote, with an emoji of the bumblebee which is a symbol of Manchester.

Twenty-three people including the attacker were killed in the terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert.

"It was created to strike at the heart of our values and our way of life in one of our most vibrant cities, with the aim of breaking our resolve and dividing us".

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With his wife and father looking on, he paid tribute to the "amazing work" of the emergency services and those who responded on the night.

Shaun Ryder, of the Happy Mondays, said: 'I am thinking of you.

As the world watched, Manchester came together in a show of solidarity and hope after tragedy.

"We were very lucky, we know how lucky we are", he told Sky News.

After a day of commemoration, the city turned to music to mark the occasion, listening to around 2,800 singers from local choirs at the Manchester Together - With One Voice event.

Around an hour and a half later, at 10.31pm, bells on Manchester Town Hall, St Ann's Church, and St Mary's RC Church rang to mark the time the bomb went off one year ago.

People laid flowers and cards in St Ann's Square, which became a focal point for mourners after the attack.

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