Manchester pays its respects: 6pm vigil to be held in Albert Square tonight
Tonight, Manchester will stand united in a message of solidarity, sympathy and support to all those affected by last night’s Arena attack.
The people of Manchester are invited to a vigil of peace, starting at 6pm in Albert Square, when faith, council and civic leaders will stand side by side – resolute in remembering all those whose lives have been changed forever by last night’s bomb.
In a show of Manchester’s community spirit, addresses will include the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker; members of Greater Manchester Police; poet Tony Walsh reading This is the Place followed by a minute’s silence.
Attendees will include:
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council,
Joanne Roney, Chief Executive Manchester City Council,
Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester,
Council leaders from Greater Manchester.
Roads around Albert Square will be closed from 5pm and are expected to re-open around 7pm.
A stage will be in place for speakers and a media platform will be in-situ on the monument in Albert Square.