16/05/2018 - Published by

Together – Peace Foundation remembers one year on.

On 22nd May 2018, the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation will stage a commemoration to remember all those affected by the Manchester Arena attack.  They will also be leading the town in the national minute’s silence and are inviting anyone in the area to join with the Centre team in a period of reflection and remembrance.  A short ceremony will be held by the Peace Tree (Silver Maple Acer Saccharinum) in the grounds of the Peace Centre (see pictures).  The Peace Tree was planted at the 10th anniversary of the Warrington bombing and at each subsequent commemoration, water is carried in a sculptured vessel from the River of Life fountain at the site of the bombing and poured on the tree.  The Warrington anniversary falls in March as the tree begins to bud in Spring and daffodils (the flower of Spring) are placed near the base.

The tree will become an extended part of the ‘Trees of Hope” initiative (see below).  Peace inspired artwork from local schools, alongside messages of hope and support will adorn the tree.

On the day, the Foundation’s Survivors Assistance Network team will be deployed to support those affected by the bombing.  The Survivors Assistance Network, a free and confidential service for anyone in the United Kingdom who has been affected by terrorism at home or abroad. The service is supporting 750 individuals affected by the Manchester bombing, including 300 families. The service is clinically informed and provides health and well being, social and welfare support.

The Foundation will be encouraging everyone to share their thoughts and hopes via the #WeStandTogether campaign Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Everyone in the Warrington area is welcome to join us at the Peace Centre (14:00 to 15:00) on the day.

Manchester Together

Manchester City Council has planned a full series of events in remembrance; reflection and a celebration of Life – recognising each of the 22 people who lost their lives in the attack, those who were injured and first responders – and Manchester Together, embracing the solidarity shown by the city.

Click here for the complete programme overview

Remembering Together – Manchester Cathedral – 2-3pm 22 May

The service at Manchester Cathedral on 22 May 2018 will take place from 2-3pm, incorporating the national one-minute silence at 2.30pm.  HRH The Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May will be among the national figures attending the national service of remembrance to mark the one year anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack.

The service will be live streamed in Cathedral Gardens in Manchester City Centre, as well as Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, York Minster and Glasgow Cathedral.

National One Minute’s Silence – 2.30pm 22 May

The national one minute’s silence to mark the first anniversary of the Arena Attack will take place at 2.30pm during the Cathedral Service.

Manchester Together – With One Voice Albert Square – 7-9pm 22 May

The Manchester Together – With One Voice event, starts from 7pm with video messages and a short civic introduction, followed by performances from a range of choirs – culminating in a communal singalong for the final half hour from 8.30pm to 9pm with everyone encouraged to join in.

The songs for the finale have been confirmed as Ariana Grande’s One Last Time, One Day Like This by Elbow, Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis and Never Forget by Take That. The singalong element will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Manchester, Key 103, Sky News and BBC News.

There was an overwhelming response to the call-out for choirs, with thousands of people representing more than 80 choirs applying to take part. Those taking part include the Manchester Survivors Choir, a group made up people who were at the Arena on the night of the attack, mostly parents and children, and met through a social media network set up for those affected; Parrs Wood High School’s Harmony Group, whose post-attack tribute went viral last year and Bee Vocal, the Manchester mental health choir composed of people who have experienced mental health issues and have come together to share the healing power of music.

Trees of Hope Victoria Station to St Ann’s Square –  19-27 May

A Trees of Hope Trail through the city centre will begin the weekend before the anniversary. People will be able to leave personal messages of hope, and support for those affected, on trees placed at key locations around the city centre including St Ann’s Square. It will feature 28 beautiful Japanese maple trees, along a route (see map below) from Victoria Station to St Ann’s Square, to which messages can be attached using specially-designed cardboard tags. These can be obtained from volunteers who will be overseeing the trees every day from 8am to 8pm – 8am to 11pm on Tuesday 22 May itself.

Any other tributes which are left in public spaces will be sensitively removed at the end of each day and taken to Wythenshawe Park, where they will remain on display. Any floral and plant tributes will be recycled once they have reached the end of their lifespans, or replanted elsewhere as appropriate. In fact, compost made from some of the floral tributes left last year will be used to help nurture the Trees of Hope.


There is a Light – St Ann’s Square – From Dusk 22-26 May

For five nights, song lyrics will be projected onto the pavements and buildings in St Ann’s Square. The square became an important place for reflection and paying respects to those who lost their lives.  This will be a projection of lyrics from songs chosen by the public.

10.31pm – City Centre 22 May

At 10.31pm on 22 May, a year since the attack took place, bells will ring out from buildings in the City Centre.

If you have been affected by terrorism, please contact

Survivors Assistance Network website

Survivors Assistance Network | The Peace Centre | Peace Drive | Warrington | Cheshire | WA5 1HQ

Email – SAN@Foundation4peace.org
Phone – 01925 581240

Twitter – @survivors4p

(c) 2018 Survivors Assistance Network is a service of Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales. The service is partly funded by the Ministry of Justice, the Victims and Survivors Service (Northern Ireland) as part of the European Union’s PEACE IV and by the generosity of our donors and supporters.