Markets

Choirs gather for Manchester celebration on the anniversary of bomb blast

Choirs gather for Manchester celebration on the anniversary of bomb blast

Over 3,500 singers have come together to lead a chorus of amateur voices in a mass sing-along to remember the Manchester Arena attack victims.

Thousands of well-wishers gathered in Albert Square a year to the day suicide bomber Salman Abedi launched his attack that killed 22 people - including children as young as eight - who were at an Ariana Grande concert.

The performance will feature the Manchester Survivors Choir, a group of people who were in attendance on the night of the bombing, and Parrs Wood High School's Harmony Group, whose post-attack tribute went viral past year and received praise from Grande herself.

"Thinking of you all today and every day I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day."

Take That's Never Forget followed as members of the crowd embraced and held their hands in the air - before The Beatles' All You Need Is Love rounded things off.

Thousands of people paused outside Manchester Cathedral at 2:30 p.m. for a minute of silence that was observed across the country - including in Parliament, where lawmakers paused their debates and fell still.

Last night's evening of solidarity through music began with a series of video messages from some famous names, including many Mancunians.

As I said at the time of the attack, this was a despicable and evil crime which should be condemned by everyone.

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano reaches ocean, creating toxic cloud
Officials are warning people to stay away from areas where lava meets the ocean, as laze can cause lung, eye and skin irritation. Over the past weeks Kīlauea has also spewed out large volcanic rocks from its summit crater, as well as large amounts of ash.

"The Manchester Arena attack showed the worst of humanity", said Ariana Grande as she spoke in detail for the first time about last year's bombing.

Weeks later, the One Love Manchester benefit concert took place, which saw performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Robbie Williams, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay and Liam Gallagher.

"We are showing Manchester and the world that we carry on", said Cath Day of the Manchester Survivors Choir.

On the altar stood 22 lighted candles, made from the wax of thousands of candles left at St. Ann's Square in the days after the attack.

A memorial service, attended by Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William, was also held in Manchester Cathedral.

A larger single lit candle remembered bereaved families and friends, more than 800 who were injured, those who helped on the night and those who have helped with the recovery.

Ahead of the singing, the Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend David Walker, led those assembled in a minute's silence.

Bells on the city hall and churches will ring out at 10:31 p.m., exactly a year since the bomb exploded.


  • Iran condemns US sanctions move

    Iran condemns US sanctions move

    Pompeo was defiant in his speech, reciting a litany of Iranian behaviours that have vexed American leaders for decades. Netanyahu praised President Trump for making "fundamental changes" to existing policy on Iran's nuclear program.
    Manchester City to make £100million move for Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard

    Manchester City to make £100million move for Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard

    But he also insisted he was happy at Chelsea - amid repeated links with Real Madrid - and was bullish after the Wembley win. Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has called for "the uncertainty to be put to bed" over the future of head coach Antonio Conte .
    All The Surprising Modern Touches At Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Wedding

    All The Surprising Modern Touches At Prince Harry And Meghan Markle's Wedding

    Half way through the chapel, Meghan met Prince Charles, who escorted her the last way to the altar and her groom, Prince Harry . Meghan wore a Givenchy wedding gown, designed by Clare Waight Keller, the first female artistic director of the French company.
  • Ceasefire in Syria after south Damascus battles

    Ceasefire in Syria after south Damascus battles

    Takfiri terrorists have lost much of the territory they once held in Syria amid sweeping gains by government forces on the ground. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the month of fighting left scores of dead on both sides.
    The latest on the Texas school shooting

    The latest on the Texas school shooting

    Pagourtzis said he did not kill the people he liked because he "wanted his story told", according to a probable cause affidavit. Texas Governor Greg Abbott , a Republican, officially announced a series of town hall meetings to discuss schools safety.
    Samsung Galaxy J6 Release Date Announced

    Samsung Galaxy J6 Release Date Announced

    The Galaxy J6 (2018) cost is listed as INR 15,000 – thats around $220/€190, below the expected price of €250. A powerful 3000mAh battery with fast charging support supplies the required power for the handset.
  • Authorities believe missing child may be in Iowa or Minnesota

    Authorities believe missing child may be in Iowa or Minnesota

    Jessica (left) and William (right) Ray allegedly kidnapped their two-year-old daughter a month ago and are still on the run. Authorities are looking for a missing 2-year-old from SC who they believe could be in Iowa or Minnesota.
    Manuel Pellegrini reportedly agrees to become the next West Ham manager

    Manuel Pellegrini reportedly agrees to become the next West Ham manager

    West Ham are reportedly interested in bringing Benitez to London, as the Hammers have an opening at manager. I have no doubt it is they who are pushing the stories about Rafa's supposed demands at West Ham .
    Amgen Wins Race To Migraine Prevention Drug - Lilly, Teva, Alder Trail

    Amgen Wins Race To Migraine Prevention Drug - Lilly, Teva, Alder Trail

    FDA approves Aimovig (erenumab-aooe), a novel treatment developed specifically for migraine prevention [press release ]. It blocks the molecule that transmits the migraine pain signals, known as calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP).
  • Vedanta shares drop 6% after protests in Tamil Nadu

    Vedanta shares drop 6% after protests in Tamil Nadu

    Local television showed police trying to disperse the crowd with tear gas and a policeman firing shots from the top of a van. Rahul Gandhi, leader of the opposition Indian National Congress party, called the incident "state sponsored terrorism".
    Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

    Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

    SRC International was a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) before it was placed under the Finance Ministry in 2012. Najib and his wife have been barred from leaving the country after the new government reopened an investigation into the case.
    Curry says mom scolded him for Game 3 obscenity

    Curry says mom scolded him for Game 3 obscenity

    Iguodala scored 10 points on 4-for-6 shooting in Game 3 to go with three assists and three rebounds in Golden State's 126-85 win. When Houston is finally eliminated, there will be discussions regarding the play of both James Harden and Chris Paul .