Relatives of the 22 victims of the Manchester bombing gathered in the city center today, despite the lockout, to remember their loved ones on the third anniversary of the terrorist attack.
The guidelines on social separation meant that many memorial services and events that had previously taken place had been canceled.
Instead, candles were lit in households and images of bees, a symbol of challenge after the tragedy, were placed in the windows.
The prayers were led by Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester, including reading the names of those killed during the services at 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and broadcast live on the Manchester Cathedral Facebook page.
Church bells also rang via radio recording, while families prepared their own unique tributes to those killed in the 2017 atrocity.
Two women comfort mourners at Manchester Victoria station today, on the third anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing
Flowers were left at Manchester Victoria Station today, three years after the atrocity that killed 22 people
Mourners stand in front of iconic Manchester worker as they remember those who lost their lives
Figen Murray, the mother of Martyn Hett, 29, a victim of the arena, told the Manchester Evening News she hoped to speak to as many of her friends as possible in internet video conversations and that they would raise a vodka and a Coke light in her memory.
However, some mourners still went to Manchester Victoria station today to lay flowers and remember the victims who went to see an Ariana Grande concert, but never returned home.
This comes as the director of the popstar admitted: “She has PTSD, she still suffers to this day.”
In the meantime, a planning request for a new permanent memorial is expected to be submitted to city council next month.
The design, named Glade Of Light and intended to be installed on Fennel Street near the cathedral, is designed to be a quiet garden space, with a planting scheme planned to ensure color throughout the year and reflect the changing seasons .
It will also include a white stone ring that will bear the names of the 22 victims.
Today, an 18-year-old boy who survived the attack spoke of the “strange ups and downs” in life after the attack.
While some have visited the city center today, many have paid homage to the house
Dozens of bouquets of flowers were left at the station today in memory of those killed in the attack
Woman wearing face mask crouches to honor third anniversary of attack
Mourners take comfort and hold flowers in memory of those killed at Ariana Grande concert
Adam Lawler was with his best friend Olivia Campbell-Hardy, 15, who tragically lost her life.
In an interview on BBC Radio 6 Music, Adam spoke of the moments leading up to the explosion of the bomb.
He said: “I remember a very good concert, I had not attended many concerts before and I had always considered Ariana Grande as a guilty pleasure”.
He remembered asking Olivia what her favorite song was, before suddenly feeling like “knocked over and trampled on”.
“It was actually the impact of the bomb and the concussion,” he told host Chris Hawkins.
“The next thing I remember is that I woke up and didn’t know where I was. I turned around and saw only corpses. The memories of that night are actually quite graphic and plentiful in detail, ” said the teenager.
Ariana Grande’s manager in the photo admitted that the singer was still suffering from PTSD
Adam Lawler, photographed in a wheelchair, who survived the attack, spoke today of “strange ups and downs” in life after the attack
Asked how life has been for him since the ordeal, he replied, “ It was strange, it was a lot of ups and downs.
“It has always been the future for me. It is not so much to dwell on the past. It is learning and growing from the past.
He has returned to the Arena several times since the bomb, he said.
The first time he returned for a concert was when he went to see the Arctic Monkeys in 2018.
He was introduced to the group by a friend.
“It was a great concert, a great experience and an unforgettable night.”
Adam then performed the next song on the show, Are You Mine by Artic Monkeys.
Host Chris Hawkins described Adam as an “impressive young man.”
“Still only 18, a source of inspiration. His positivity reminds us all to stay strong in these strange times. It will get better, “he said.