Manchester Arena will today open for the first time since the terror attack
Families who lost loved ones and those injured in the terror attack three months ago are expected to be among the 14,000 crowd at the sold-out gig, with funds raised going towards a permanent memorial for the victims.
Some of those affected made a private pilgrimage this week, ahead of today’s public reopening, to lay flowers at the spot where their loved ones died or were injured on May 22 .
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his device in the foyer of the venue at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, killing 22 and injuring scores of others.
The devastated area has been partly renovated and reopened for tonight’s event titled We Are Manchester to show the city will not be defeated by terrorism.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “The arena reopening will be a difficult and emotional night for everyone but it is an important event that will bring people together to remember all those affected by the horrific arena attack.
They will not change us, we will continue to stand together. They will never change Manchester
“This is the strongest possible statement that we can make to those that peddle hate. They will not change us, we will continue to stand together. They will never change Manchester.”
A pre-show DJ set from Clint Boon will be followed by a performance from poet Tony Walsh, known as Longfella, with a recital of This Is The Place, a homage to the city of Manchester.
The event, headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, will include performances by The Courteeners, Blossoms and Rick Astley.
Bombing survivors are expected to be among the 14,000 crowd at the…