Memorial to Manchester Arena terror attack victims is unveiled

A memorial has opened to remember the the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Wednesday, 5th January 2022, 12:01 am

The Glade of Light memorial is a white marble “halo” bearing the names of those killed in 2017 and is conceived as a living memorial.

It features plants which grow naturally in the UK countryside and which have been selected to provide year-round colour and to echo the changing seasons.

The tribute includes personalised memory capsules made by the families of those who lost loved ones.

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EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 05 Undated handout photo issued by Manchester City Council of The Glade of Light, a memorial to the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena terror attack which will officially open to the public from Wednesday. The memorial is a white marble "halo" bearing the names of those killed in the May 2017 outrage. Families of those who lost loved ones have been able to make personalised memory capsules, containing mementos and messages, which are embedded inside the halo. Issue date: Wednesday January 5, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL Arena . Photo credit should read: Mark Waugh/Manchester City Council/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Mother-of-three Jane Tweddle, a former pupil at Hartlepool’s Dyke School School, was one of 22 victims to die following the blast on May 22.

Living in Blackpool at the time, the 51-year-old school receptionist had accompanied a friend to Manchester whose daughter had attended the Ariana Grande concert.

The families of those lost have been given the opportunity to visit privately before the memorial opens on January 5.

Around the anniversary every year, the white flowers of a hawthorn tree planted at its centre will bloom in the garden, which is located between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 05 Undated handout photo issued by Manchester City Council of The Glade of Light, a memorial to the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena terror attack which will officially open to the public from Wednesday. The memorial is a white marble "halo" bearing the names of those killed in the May 2017 outrage. Families of those who lost loved ones have been able to make personalised memory capsules, containing mementos and messages, which are embedded inside the halo. Issue date: Wednesday January 5, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL Arena . Photo credit should read: Mark Waugh/Manchester City Council/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig said: “We will never forget those whose lives were lost on 22 May 2017.

“They already had a permanent place in the hearts of Manchester people. Now they have a lasting memorial in the heart of our city.

EMBARGOED TO 0001 WEDNESDAY JANUARY 05 Undated handout photo issued by Manchester City Council of The Glade of Light, a memorial to the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena terror attack which will officially open to the public from Wednesday. The memorial is a white marble "halo" bearing the names of those killed in the May 2017 outrage. Families of those who lost loved ones have been able to make personalised memory capsules, containing mementos and messages, which are embedded inside the halo. Issue date: Wednesday January 5, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story MEMORIAL Arena . Photo credit should read: Mark Waugh/Manchester City Council/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

“The Glade of Light is a beautiful tribute to them and somewhere which will also have profound meaning for everyone affected by the attack.

“We hope the memorial site will be a place of peace and comfort, standing as a reminder that love is stronger than hate.”

Fences around the site, where work began in March last year, have been taken down for the public to be able to visit the memorial from January 5.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, also died in the blast following the concert.

Hartlepool-born Jane Tweddle lost her life in the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017.

His younger brother, Hashem Abedi, was found guilty of 22 counts of murder last year and jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 55 years

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