Lord Mayor to commemorate first anniversary of arena attack



As part of the First Anniversary Commemoration programme, which is being led by the Manchester Together initiative, the Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Alex Black will observe a one-minute silence at 2.30pm this afternoon (22nd May) from the Town Hall steps in Chester.

On 22nd May 2017, 22 people lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack and many more were injured and lost loved ones.

The commemoration programme is based around two themes.

One is ‘Remembrance: Reflection and Celebration of Life’, recognising each of the 22 people who lost their lives in the attack, those who were injured and the first responders.

The other is ‘Manchester Together’, embracing the solidarity shown by the city.

Following the silence, the Lord Mayor will light a candle of reflection in the Town Hall. Books of condolences will be open until 31st May 2018.

Cllr Alex Black commented: “The terrible incidents at the Manchester Arena on the evening of 22nd May 2017 are still so fresh in all our minds.

“As a city, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Manchester and other countries that have been affected by terrorism.

“Our thoughts go out to those affected by the awful incidents as we face the first anniversary.”

Cheshire West and Chester Council has lowered flags on all council buildings today as a mark of respect to all those who lost their lives and were affected by the tragic event.

Cllr Bob Rudd, chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The first anniversary will be a very emotional time for so many people tragically affected by the devastating attack on concert-goers at the Manchester Arena.

“It is really important that we remember all the people who were affected and continue to show our support and solidarity to them as we continue in the fight against terrorism.”