Drone display and minute’s silence confirmed for anniversary of Manchester Arena attack

'Our pain is with us every day'

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 21st May 2024

The details of how Manchester will commemorate the Manchester Arena attack this year have been confirmed.

On 22 May 2017, the lives of 22 people were taken in a terror attack in the foyer of the huge concert venue.

Manchester has never forgotten those who died, with the city building a beautiful memorial garden – the Glade of Light – in their honour.

And on the seventh anniversary of the atrocity, there is a new plan to remember the Arena attack victims with a dazzling drone display.

The digital art show of more than 100 glowing drones is being created by Andrew Roussos, whose eight-year-old daughter Saffie-Rose was the youngest person killed in the attack.


As well as the drone display, which will light up the skies in the city centre up until the time that the bomb was detonated, there will be two separate minute’s silences held at Manchester Victoria.

The first will take place on the concourse at the train station at 12pm, as part of a special memorial service led by the railway chaplain, Mike Roberts.


A second minute’s silence will take place at 10.31pm to mark the moment of the attack.

As for the drone display, this will be above Manchester’s Glade of Light memorial between 10.19pm and 10.31pm.

Andrew Roussos has created the beautiful tribute with the help of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, and night time economy adviser Sacha Lord.


In an interview with the BBC, he said: “It’s in danger of becoming just another church service and another minute’s silence, which is important, but if you’re not careful, you end up only remembering the attack.

“They were at a music gig, they were all vibrant lively people, a light show is more fitting with their personalities.

“It would be lovely to remember them in a positive light, rather than what happened to them.”

Floral tributes are usually laid at Manchester Victoria to remember the victims of the terror attack. Credit: Geograph, David Dixon
Floral tributes are usually laid at Manchester Victoria to remember the victims of the terror attack as well as this year’s drone display. Credit: Geograph, David Dixon

Andrew added: “I know Manchester will never forget and… the families will be forever grateful for the city’s support and love.

“Our pain is with us every day, it doesn’t leave us.


“But on 22 May, we are taken back to that moment.”

“If you would like to attend, the light show will take place above Manchester’s Glade of Light memorial between 22.19pm and 22.31pm, finishing at the time the bomb was detonated on the night of the attack. Forever in our hearts.”

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Featured image: The Manc Group