Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Spirit of Manchester at arena reopening

Spirit of Manchester at arena reopening

About 14,000 people attended, among them families who lost loved ones, as well as those injured in the suicide bombing three months ago.

"This is the strongest possible statement that we can make to those that peddle hate", he said.

While another man wrote to Twitter: 'The BBC can broadcast the Proms but not do a single thing on We Are Manchester?'

She said: "We have had to come back to show defiance, to show we are not scared and we don't want Manchester to be scared".

"The opening of the arena is a sign that our way of life will continue and that we will not allow those who perpetrate violent extremism to defeat us".

Poet Tony Walsh, who performs as Longfella, also read out his poem "This is the Place", which moved crowds to tears at a vigil outside Manchester town hall the day after the attack.

Pixie Lott, ex-Girls Aloud member Nadine Coyle, grime MC Bugzy Malone and Stockport band Blossoms also appeared on the bill, as well as "Never Gonna Give You Up" artist Rick Astley.

There were also surprise appearances from comedian Peter Kay and retired boxer Ricky Hatton. We've got to remember the good times and let them outweigh the bad.

The 38-year-old light welterweight said he felt proud of his home city for how its residents came together after the attack.

The Peace Foundation said it hoped releasing an image could "prepare future concert goers for their return to the arena".

All benefits raised will go to the Manchester Memorial Fund, a beneficent trust directed by the city's Lord Mayor to pay for the changeless remembrance.

Manchester Arena is set to re-open tonight with a benefit concert headlined by Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

In relation to heightened security, all customers will be screened before entering the venue.

The Manchester music venue where a suicide bomber killed 22 people as they left an Ariana Grande concert in May will reopen on Saturday for the first time since the attack.

The event is to honour those affected by the outrage, welcome back live entertainment to the venue and raise money for a permanent memorial for the victims. A team of trained trauma specialists and mental health professionals will be on hand at the event for anyone who needs help.

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