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

By Laura Rogan

The new garden will pay tribute to the 22 who lost their lives.

Just over three years after the atrocious events that took place at Manchester Arena, 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.

Revealing initial plans back in May, the Council has announced that work on the brand new memorial garden, Glade of Light, has begun today (March 24th), and is set to be constructed between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham’s School of Music.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This memorial will be a lasting tribute to those who lost their lives on that devastating night. They, along with the many others who were left physically and mentally scarred by the attack, will never be forgotten.

“I hope the Glade of Light will provide some comfort to the loved ones of those who were killed and everyone who was touched by the events of that night as a place of peace and reflection in the heart of the city centre.”

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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.

Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, said: “I know the painstaking care which has gone into conceiving and planning this memorial and which will now be extended to its construction.

“The Glade of Light will become part of the fabric of the city, blending seamlessly with its surroundings in the city’s Medieval Quarter and creating a contemplative space away from the bustle.”

Work on the new tribute will continue throughout the year, with completion scheduled for December. The timescale means that the memorial garden will be complete ahead of the fifth anniversary of the attack.

[Featured image: Manchester City Council]