Manchester Arena victims remembered with a minute silence on seventh anniversary

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Wednesday 22nd May, 2024 marks the seventh anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing which took the lives of 22 people and injured many more.

A minute of silence will be held at 22:31, marking the moment of the attack, to commemorate the lives of the individuals killed and families and wider community affected by the tragedy.

A specular light memorial of over 100 drones to commemorate the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing had be planned to commemorate the victims organised by Andrew Roussos. The event was set to be held over the Glade of Light Memorial but has since been cancelled due to yellow weather alerts.

Roussos is the father of eight-year-old Saffie-Rose who died when a suicide bomber struck at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May 2017.

Greater Manchester is among the areas hit by a yellow Met Office alert for rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

The display was created by Ruousos, father of the youngest victim of the attack, and supported by the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham.

Roussos worked in collaboration with a specialist company to create the display which he described would have been “absolutely beautiful”.

In conversation with the BBC, Roussos shared he “dreaded” the passage of time making the anniversary of the attack “the norm”.

He told the BBC the show would have been an opportunity for the families to give back to the city that showed them so much support. He said: “I know Manchester will never forget and the families will forever be grateful for the city’s support and love.”

Before the minute silence, Manchester Victoria station will fall silent during a special memorial service at noon. The service will be led by the rail chaplain Mike Roberts. 

Join Manchester in a minute’s silence at 10:31 as we mark the seventh anniversary of the attack to remember the 22 victims and all those affected.

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