Thousands gather to remember victims of Manchester attack

Thousands gather to remember victims of Manchester attack

Thousands gather to remember victims of Manchester attack

Grande later went on to hold a huge charity concert, One Love Manchester, which raised millions to help the victims of the attack and their families.

Tens of thousands of people packed Albert Square to see celebrities send One Love video messages, including Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, United legend Ryan Giggs and Shaun Ryder from the Happy Mondays. I think today it's important to remember the power of the One Love gig and how it brought not just the city but the world together.

Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May are among those attending a service of remembrance at Manchester Cathedral.

A choir sang "Amazing Grace" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", and Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and humanist leaders all addressed the congregation.

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Photographs of those who died in the bombing were displayed on screens in the cathedral shortly before the silence and 22 lit candles on the altar represented each one of the victims, which were made using wax from the thousands of candles left in St Ann's Square in their memory last May.

William read a passage from the Bible's book of Corinthians, ending: "Faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love".

"Today my thoughts and prayers are with those who were lost on that bad night, their loved ones who have so bravely battled to rebuild their lives; those who have courageously fought to overcome physical injury or mental scars; our first responders and emergency services and those volunteers and professionals who are continuing to help this community heal", May wrote.

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

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Other performances included Oasis hit Wonderwall, by Manchester's lesbian and gay chorus choir, and a group of emergency services staff singing Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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.

And at At 10.31pm, bells will ring out from the city's Town Hall, St Ann's Church and St Mary's RC Church to mark the moment when the attack took place 12 months ago. The U.K. has issued an arrest warrant for Abedi's younger brother, Hashem Abedi, and is seeking his extradition from Libya - a far-from-straightforward process given that country's political chaos.

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