Memorial design for Manchester Arena victims revealed as city prepares virtual commemoration for 2020

Manchester City Council

The design for a permanent memorial to the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena attack has been unveiled.

Manchester City Council shared images of the “tranquil” garden space – which includes a stone halo centrepiece marked with the names of those who lost their lives at the Ariana Grande gig in 2017.

‘The Glade of Light’ memorial is being installed in the Medieval Quarter near Manchester Cathedral; less than 400m from where the tragedy took place.

Plans are being submitted for approval next month.

Memorial plans
Manchester City Council

Curbs on mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic has meant tributes must move online in 2020 – as Friday marks three years exactly since the Arena bomb.

Residents often flock to squares to lay flowers and cards at this time of year, but Manchester City Council has asked people to remain at home given the current restrictions.

Prayers and readings will be streaming through Manchester Cathedral’s Facebook page instead, with viewers invited to light a candle in remembrance.

Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester city council, said: “Manchester will never forget the terrible events of 22 May 2017.

“Those who were killed, those who lost loved ones and all those whose lives changed forever that night are forever in our thoughts.

“We will be thinking of them on 22 May and, importantly, plans for a permanent memorial, a tranquil space for contemplation which can be used year-round, are progressing well.”

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