Arenas to fall silent to mark anniversary of Manchester Attack

Venues across the country will hold a one-minute silence tomorrow

Arenas across the UK will fall silent tomorrow to mark one year since the Manchester Attacks.

All 22 venues that belong to the National Arenas Association (NAA) will take part in the one-minute show of respect at 2.30pm tomorrow (May 22). The venues taking part include Alexandra Palace, The Royal Albert Hall and The O2 Arena in London,  Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, and Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff,.

Manchester Arena, meanwhile, will be closed tomorrow.

On May 22 2017, a terrorist detonated a bomb as concert-goers left an Ariana Grande show at Manchester Arena. The tragedy killed twenty-two people, and injured 800. “NAA venues will also be recognising our friends and colleagues working at the arena on that day who showed such bravery, compassion and professionalism under the most harrowing of circumstances,” said a spokesperson

Ariana Grande responded to the attack by returning to the city to host the One Love Manchester concert. The event raised £2 million for the families of the terror attack victims, and featured performances from Liam Gallagher, Miley Cyrus, Coldplay. Ariana Grande, meanwhile, hosted the event.

In light of her immense bravery after the Manchester Attacks, Grande was later made an honorary citizen of the city.

Tomorrow at Manchester Cathedral, an invite-only service is set to be held to coincide with the national one-minute silence, with government buildings also observing the moment. Screenings of the service will be held in the nearby Cathedral gardens, along with York Minster, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Glasgow Cathedral.

Later in the evening a 3,000 strong choir will take to Manchester’s Albert Square from 7.30pm-9pm. Among the performers are Manchester Survivors Choir; a group made up of people who were present at Manchester Arena that night.

The choir will perform songs such as Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time’, ‘One Day Like This’ by Elbow, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ by Oasis and ‘Never Forget’ by Take That.