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Manchester turns to music to mark one year anniversary of terror attack

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Crowds observe the one minute's silence as they watch the outside broadcast of the Manchester Arena National Service of Commemoration at Manchester Cathedral

Prince William and Prime Minister were also in Manchester to visit with families of the victims.

On May 22 previous year, a terrorist detonated an explosive device as fans were leaving Grande's concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 innocent people and injuring more than 500.

The Prince and May were among the congregation at a packed Manchester Cathedral where a special service was held to remember the victims of what was one of worst bomb attacks on the British mainland since World War II.

FRIENDS and relatives of the Manchester Arena bomb attack victims paid tribute yesterday on the first anniversary of the terrorist atrocity.

"Thinking of you all today and every day". They will attend the service at Manchester Cathedral alongside first responders, civic leaders and some of the scores injured in the suicide attack on May 22 previous year, which killed 22 people.

And DJ Nick Grimshaw also sent love to those affected by the attack, while also praising the One Love Manchester benefit concert, which was organised by Ariana and Scooter shortly after the attack.

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford wrote a tribute to his home city on the anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender said: "In this service we come together as people of different faiths and none, as we remember with love before God those whose lives were lost, and those whose lives have been changed forever and have to live with the bad memories of that day 12 months ago". "My heart is always going to be in Manchester", said Marr, "Always has been and always will be".

On the altar stood 22 lighted candles, made from the wax of thousands of candles left at St. Ann's Square in the days after the attack.

Robby Potter, who was hit by shrapnel as he waited to pick his daughter up from the concert, said he felt he had to come to the service "to support the families who have lost people".

"We're stronger than we were, we're more together and there is a more palpable sense of community spirit, but underneath the scars are very real and they're very deep", he said. They performed an emotional version of Andra Day's Rise Up at the free concert. Ariana Grande's One More Time proved a little more tricky for anyone over 20 and it turns out no one really knows the verses to Never Forget by Take That, despite its belting chorus.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the Manchester bombing as a live murder inquiry, with a sustained team of around 100 police officers on the case.

At 10.31 p.m. local time, church and city hall bells will ring out from buildings across the city center to mark the moment of the attack.

Salman Abedi's brother Hashem Abedi remains in custody in Libya, with Britain seeking to extradite him back to Britain to stand trial for allegedly helping the plot.

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