A New Memorial Garden For The Manchester Arena Victims Is Being Created

By Laura Rogan May 18, 2020

This year’s memorial will take place virtually.

Ahead of this year’s third anniversary of the atrocities that took place at Manchester Arena in 2017, Manchester City Council has revealed the design for a brand new memorial garden – which will pay tribute to the victims of the shocking attack.

On May 22nd 2017, Salman Abedi detonated a bomb as young Ariana Grande fans left her concert at Manchester Arena, killing 22 and injuring 92 others – many of which were severely hurt in the attack.

And as the third anniversary approaches, Manchester City Council has planned a virtual memorial, where residents can pay their respects by lighting a candle for those who tragically lost their lives. Unveiling the plans for this year’s memorial, the Council also revealed plans for a brand new memorial garden, Glade of Light, which is set to be constructed between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music.

Speaking of the memorial, Sir Richard Leese, 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.

“We have consulted, and continue to consult, with those who lost loved ones on the location and form of the memorial. Their input remains crucial but we also welcome the views of others as part of wider engagement around the Medieval Quarter plans.”

Credit: Manchester City Council

Not only will the memorial provide a tranquil place for people to pay their respects, but it will also feature a halo-like structure with the names of the 22 who died set in bronze – as well as ‘memory capsules’ created by friends and family, which will also become part of the halo structure.

A planning application for the garden is expected to be submitted this June, and will become part of a wider improvement plan for Manchester’s Medieval Quarter.

A virtual memorial will take place on Manchester Catherdral’s Facebook page this Friday, May 22 at 9am and 4.30pm. While many head out on the anniversary to lay flowers and tributes in the city, residents are being urged to pay their respects at home this year amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

[Featured image: Manchester City Council]