Drone display in honour of Manchester Arena attack victims cancelled as city is battered with rain

Manchester has been placed under an amber weather warning.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 22nd May 2024

A drone display that was set to take place tonight as a mark of remembrance of those who died in the Manchester Arena attack has been cancelled.

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

But due to a severe weather warning that’s now in place in Manchester, the display has been called off.

The region has been placed under an amber weather alert for rain through Wednesday and into Thursday, with ‘flooding and disruption likely’.

The Met Office has issued a ‘danger to life’ warning due to the likelihood of flooding in parts of the country.


Manchester is already being battered with heavy rain, and the downpour is forecast to continue all day.

Thursday also has a high change of rain, though it should be lighter by tomorrow morning.


The drone display that was due to take place tonight would have marked the seventh anniversary of the terror attack at Manchester Arena.

It was due to take place at the same time as the bomb was detonated, along with a minute’s silence.

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.”

There will still be a minute’s silence at 10.31pm, as well as another one and a remembrance service at Manchester Victoria at midday.

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