Manchester remembers the 22 victims of the arena bombing five years after the terror attack.
People paid their respects at events across the city to those who died in the 2017 suicide bombingwhich also injured more than a thousand others as they left an Ariana Grande concert.
A minute’s silence was observed at Victoria Station, which is next to the arena, and prayers were held throughout the day at Manchester Cathedral.
The cathedral bells rang at 10:31 p.m. to mark the moment of the attack, which happened as mostly young people were leaving the premises.
Thousands of people taking part in the Great Manchester Run cheered in memory of those killed, while people were also encouraged to visit the new Glade of Light Memorialwhat was officially opened by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge earlier this month.
Attack survivor Freya Lewis, 19, who learned to walk again after being seriously injured in the bombing, helped start the race and took part in it.
Ms Lewis, whose best friend Nell Jones, then 14, was killed, was running in aid of the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.
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Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham shared photos of the Glade Of Light memorial on Twitter and wrote: “Their names will forever remain at the heart of our city.
“Their families and those affected are always in our thoughts.
“Our thanks for the kindness and strength of the people of Greater Manchester – eternal.”
He was also pictured with a Manchester ‘worker bee’ tattoo on his arm – the symbol of the city.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also paid tribute to the victims and said the courage shown by the people of Manchester in the days after the bombing had “touched the world”.
He said: “Like the country, my thoughts are with the victims, families and friends of all those affected by the cowardly attack on Manchester Arena five years ago today.
“It was an act of terrorism against the freedoms we all hold dear, but as the people of Manchester so bravely demonstrated in the days that followed, hate will never win.
“The bravery and defiance shown by Mancunians touched the world and just as we remember all those taken from us, we must remember and celebrate this triumph of love and community.”
Labor leader Keir Starmer wrote: “Today we remember the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing which left thousands injured and 22 innocent dead.
“My thoughts are with their loved ones and the people of Manchester. Your strength has shown that hate will never prevail.”
Five years ago, Manchester-born Salman Abedi, 22, surrounded by crowds of youngsters and parents waiting to pick them up in the arena lobby after an Ariana Grande concert, detonated his bomb backpack filled with shrapnel.
Six children were among the 22 killed.
Those who died were, Saffie-Rose Roussos, eight, from Preston; Sorrell Leczkowski, 14, from Leeds; Eilidh MacLeod, 14, from Barra Island; Nell Jones, 14, from Cheshire, Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, from Bury; Megan Hurley, 15, from Liverpool; Georgina Callander, 18, of Hesketh Bank; Liam Curry, 19, and Chloe Rutherford, 17, both from South Shields; Courtney Boyle, 19, and Philip Tron, 32, of Gateshead; John Atkinson, 28, from Manchester; Martyn Hett, 29, of Stockport; Kelly Brewster, 32, from Sheffield; Angelika Klis, 39, and Marcin Klis, 42, of York; Elaine McIver, 43, from Cheshire; Michelle Kiss, 45, of Whalley, Lancs; Alison Howe, 44, and Lisa Lees, 43, both from Oldham; Wendy Fawell, 50, from Otley and Jane Tweedle, 51, from Blackpool.
The bomber’s younger brother, Hashem, was imprisoned for at least 55 years for his part in the attack.
An independent public inquiry into the bombing is due to release its final reports later this year.