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Manchester marks 5 years since terrorist attack with message ‘Love is stronger than hate’

Manchester reunite with the key message ‘Love is always stronger than hate’ to celebrate five years after the Manchester Arena bombing

On May 22, 2022, five years will have passed since the Manchester Arena bombing
On May 22, 2022, five years will have passed since the Manchester Arena bombing

A city united in sorrow and defiance as Manchester marked the fifth anniversary of the Arena terror attack with the message: “Love is always stronger than hate.”

Bells across the city were scheduled to ring at 10:31 p.m. to mark the moment the bomb went off, killing 22 people as fans were leaving an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017.

The names of all the victims were read out at the city’s Victoria train station, where young people looking forward to the concert had arrived five years earlier.

Bereaved relatives and friends were among those who paid their respects at the Glade of Light memorial near the arena, which was opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier this month.

Before the start of yesterday’s Great Manchester Run, more than 20,000 racers applauded the 22 dead and hundreds wounded in the atrocity.







Memorial at Victoria Station on Sunday 22nd May
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Among them was Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who said the attack “could have divided us but it didn’t, it did the opposite – it brought us together”.

He added: “I remember walking down those streets [in the 2017 Great Manchester Run] Days after the attack with tears in my eyes just because of the number of people that were out and today will be poignant too.”

Mr Burnham, who sported the tattoo of a worker bee, the city’s symbol, on his arm, stood alongside survivor Freya Lewis at the start of the race.







Michael and Joanne Hurley, parents of Megan, pay their respects at the fifth anniversary commemoration
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Freya, 19, ran for the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital charity to thank the medics who saved her life.

She had to learn to walk again after suffering multiple injuries, fractures and burns in the bombing raids.

Freya, whose best friend Nell Jones was killed in the attack aged 14, has raised more than £67,000 with her family over the past five years.

Freya, who grew up in Cheshire, told BBC Breakfast before the race how Manchester “means the world to me”.







Meghan Hurley is among 22 people killed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade device at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester
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She said: “It’s the most incredible city, I will always remember how it came together and welcomed me as one of its own.”

Union leader Keir Starmer told the town and grieving families: “Their strength has shown that hate will never prevail.”

Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig said: “Manchester has shown the world that love is always stronger than hate.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “The bravery and defiance so bravely shown by the Mancunians in the days that followed shows that hate will never win.”







At 10:31 p.m., bells rang around town to celebrate the occasion
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Ahead of the anniversary, Coronation Street paid tribute to the victims, including superfan Martyn Hett.

Martyn, 29, who had a Deirdre Barlow tattoo on his leg, was 12 feet from terrorist Salman Abedi, who detonated a device at the end of the concert.

During Friday’s episode of the ITV soap, rivals Gail Rodwell and Eileen Grimshaw carried a bouquet of flowers to a memorial bench in a community garden installed on set in 2018.







The Glade of Light Manchester Arena atrocity memorial on May 22nd
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The plaque was seen and read: “To Martyn and all who lost their lives on May 22, 2017. We stand together.”

Martyn’s stepfather Dr. Stuart Murray, lead author of the charity report The Survivors Against Terror, called for better support for future victims of terrorism.







Members of the public at the Glade of Light Manchester Arena atrocity memorial
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He said he had to pay for private support despite having worked for the NHS for 30 years.

He said, “If I can’t get it, there’s no hope for others.”

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