National silence to be held to mark one year since Manchester bombing

PUBLISHED: 06:35 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 06:35 22 May 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May will attend the service. Picture: ANDREW MILLIGAN/PA WIRE

Prime Minister Theresa May will attend the service. Picture: ANDREW MILLIGAN/PA WIRE

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A remembrance service will be held today to pay tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing one year on from the tragedy.

The Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister will attend the ceremony at Manchester Cathedral alongside families of those who involved, some of the hundreds of people injured, first responders to the scene, civic leaders and other national figures.

The invitation-only service, held between 2pm and 3pm, will incorporate a national silence at 2.30pm, which will also be marked at UK government buildings.

The atrocity on May 22, 2017 happened at an Ariana Grande concert.

Salman Abedi, 22, detonated a bomb device at the end of the show with 353 people, including 175 children, around him in the foyer of the venue.

A total of 22 people were killed and more than 800 others were either physically or psychologically injured.

Prince William will privately meet some of the bereaved families following the multi-faith service.

Writing in the Manchester Evening News, Theresa May said: “The targeting of the young and innocent as they enjoyed a carefree night out in the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 was an act of sickening cowardice.

“It was designed to strike at the heart of our values and our way of life in one of our most vibrant cities, with the aim of breaking our resolve and dividing us. It failed.

“For such appalling acts of wickedness will do nothing but strengthen our resolve to defeat such twisted ideologies and beliefs.

“The resilience and determination shown by this city in the 12 months since is testament to that.”

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