Further details about the proposed memorial to the victims of the Arena terror attack have been released with new visuals. 

At the heart of the memorial is a white stone ring ‘halo’ which will bear the names of the 22 who lost their lives set in bronze, with personalised memory capsules – containing memories and mementos to be provided by their loved ones – held within the stone.

The memorial will be located between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music, at the foot of Fennel Street where it meets Victoria Street.  A planning application will be submitted next month.

Professor Malcolm Press, chair of the Manchester Memorials Advisory Group, said: “We are determined to ensure a fitting and lasting memorial. 

CGI of new memorial garden including white stone ‘halo’ revealed ahead of terror attack anniversary I Love Manchester
Visuals of permanent memorial garden revealed ahead of terror attack anniversary

“Getting to this point has taken great care and consideration and it is good to be in a position where we can now share more detail with the public.”

The people of Manchester are being encouraged not to gather together or leave tributes to mark the third anniversary of the Manchester Arena terror attack on Friday 22nd May due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

READ MORE: Manchester remembers Arena bombing victims despite coronavirus restrictions

The Dean of Manchester, Rogers Govender, will lead prayers which will be livestreamed at 9am and 4.30pm on the Manchester Cathedral Facebook page.

During the morning service, viewers will be invited to join in by lighting a candle in remembrance.

BBC Radio Manchester will be marking 10.31pm on 22nd May, exactly three years to the day since the attack occurred, as part of a dedicated programme starting at 10pm. At 10.31pm they will broadcast a special recording of Manchester Cathedral bells tolling 22 times.

Read more about the upcoming Arena terror attack remembrance here.

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