Tuesday, 22 May, is the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack in which 22 people were killed and many more injured.
Manchester will be remembering those affected and the remarkable spirit of solidarity shown by the city and well-wishers in the aftermath of attack.
“We will never forget the 22 people, including children, who lost their lives and many others who were badly hurt or traumatised,” said Manchester city council leader Sir Richard Leese.
“They remain in the forefront of our thoughts and at the heart of the anniversary programme.
“But we also remember the way that in the aftermath of the attack Manchester, Greater Manchester and beyond came together in a spirit of solidarity and refusal to give in to hatred – a source of inspiration and comfort for many people. We invite people to once again join together in this spirit as we mark one year on.”
At 10.31pm on 22 May, precisely a year on from the arena attack, bells will ring from churches and civic buildings in the city centre, marking the tragic loss and those affected as well as the resilience our city has shown to the world in the last 12 months #mcrtogether #ILoveMCR pic.twitter.com/Aw6tN90QWl
— I Love MCR® (@ILoveMCR) May 21, 2018
How you can take part in the commemorative events:
Remembering Together: National Service of Commemoration
The service will be attended by families who lost loved ones, people who were badly injured in the attack, first responders, civic leaders and national figures. The service will be screened live in nearby Cathedral Gardens.
Manchester Cathedral, Tuesday 22 May, 2-3pm
National One Minute Silence
A national one minute silence will be incorporated into the cathedral service and people are being encouraged to think about how to observe it, wherever they are.
Tuesday 22 May, 2.30pm
Manchester Together – With One Voice
Thousands of voices will be raised in harmony as local choirs come together, culminating in a community singing from 8.30-9pm. The event starts at 7pm but you are advised to come earlier to ensure you can get in. It’s being broadcast on BBC Radio Manchester, Key 103 and elsewhere so you can join in at home.
Albert Square, Tuesday 22 May, 7-9pm
Trees of Hope trail
The trail of 28 beautiful trees along a route from Victoria Station to St Ann’s Square is the focus for people who want to share messages of tribute, solidarity and love. Messages can be left using specially-designed cardboard tags. At the end of the trail, they will be kept – alongside tributes left last year – in an archive of the city’s response to the attack. Volunteers will oversee the trees every day, from 8am to 8pm – 8am to 11pm on 22 May itself.
Saturday 19 May to Sunday 27 May
There Is A Light
Poignant lyrics from songs chosen by the public will be projected onto St Ann’s Church and other parts of St Ann’s Square from dusk until daylight.
Tuesday 22 May to Saturday 26 May
Bells will ring out from in the city centre at 10.31pm from the Town Hall, St Ann’s Church and St Mary’s RC Church (the Hidden Gem) to mark the exact moment when the attack took place a year ago.