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MANCHESTER REMEMBERS: Victims of Manchester Arena Bombing remembered through documentary


This weekend is the fourth anniversary of the Manchester Arena Bombing.

In an attempt to shine a light on the positive things that those affected by the Manchester Arena Bombing attack have gone on to do, 23 year old film maker, Anton Arenko, has created a documentary.

Anton has teamed up with It’s Gone Viral to release small bite sized versions of the interviews in little series over the next few weeks, with the full film being released on August 22nd.

As pandemic-related restrictions will remain in place this weekend there will be limited scope for gathering however, the anniversary will be marked with acts of remembrance at Manchester Cathedral.

During the morning (9am) and evening (4.30pm) prayer services, the names of those who lost their lives will be read out. The services will be livestreamed via the Manchester Cathedral Facebook page.

During the day, the cathedral will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm for private prayer and the lighting of candles.

In line with the arrangements around the Duke of Edinburgh’s recent funeral, the leaving of floral or other tributes outside the cathedral or elsewhere in the city centre is politely discouraged.

The cathedral bells will be tolled at 10.31pm to mark the exact anniversary of the attack, as will those of St Ann’s Church in St Ann’s Square.

From next year the focal point of any commemorations will be the Glade of Light memorial. Work to create this is ongoing and is due to be completed by December and it will be open for next year’s fifth anniversary.

On 22 May 2017, Salman Abedi detonated a homemade bomb as people were leaving the Manchester Arena following a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.

Twenty-three people died, including the attacker, and more than 800 were wounded, some of them children.

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