1/03/2018 - Published by

Manchester City Council will lead the official commemoration on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena Attack.

The Survivors Assistance Network (SAN), part of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation, continues to provide practical and emotional support to many of those affected by the terrorist atrocities in Manchester and elsewhere. If you have been affected by any terrorist incident please contact us – we’re here to help: survivorsassistancenetwork@foundation4peace.org or telephone 01925 581240.

A great many people’s lives were impacted by the horrific events that took place in the heart of Manchester one year ago. Each individual has a unique personal experience of that night, whether personally affected or through helping others.

The commemorative events keep those most directly affected at their heart, and will reflect the wishes of the bereaved families as closely as possible. In this spirit, outline plans are based around two themes:

Remembrance; Reflection and Celebration of Life – recognising each of the 22 people who lost their lives in the attack, those who were injured and first responders,


Manchester Together –  unite at Albert Square in the early evening to embrace the solidarity of the city.

Events leading up to the anniversary

A Trees of Hope Trail through the city centre will begin the weekend before the anniversary for at least five days. People will be able to leave personal messages of hope, and support for those affected, on trees placed in key locations around the city centre, including St Ann’s Square.

A one-minute silence will also be held during the Great Manchester Run which takes place on Sunday 20 May, with further commemorative elements during the Games including fundraising for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

Events on the day itself

Civic Memorial Service: a non-denominational civic memorial service will be held at Manchester Cathedral during the afternoon, with bereaved families and first responders among those invited to attend to reflect on the events of that terrible day and remember loved ones. Senior national figures will also be invited to the service. Arrangements will also be made for others, such as those injured in the attack to observe the service. The service will be streamed live to Cathedral Gardens.

Manchester Together: Albert Square, the scene of an emotional vigil last year the day after the attack, will play host to a free public event in the early evening giving people the chance to once again come together, stand in solidarity and show the world that they are united.

#WeStandTogether – Manchester Evening News, about the campaign.

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