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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 their plans for a brand new memorial garden, Glade of Light, has been approved, 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 at the heart of our city promises to be a beautiful tribute to those whose lives were so cruelly cut short on 22 May 2017. Their memories will endure and Manchester will never forget them.

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“The Glade of Light will become part of the fabric of our city, a calm and peaceful place which will blend seamlessly with the regeneration of the wider Medieval Quarter in which it sits.”

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: “Reaching this point has involved a long and meticulous journey. We made a solemn commitment to honour the 22 people who were killed in that heinous attack and it was important that we took great care to deliver something moving and appropriate.”
Construction will officially begin in March this year, with an aim to complete the memorial by November. 

[Featured image: Manchester City Council]