Shoulder to shoulder in remembrance for attack anniversary

Tameside and Glossop will stand shoulder to shoulder in remembrance today of those involved in last year’s devastating attack on the Manchester Arena.

Tameside Council will observe the national one minute’s silence at 2:30pm which will be led by the Civic Mayor Cllr Denise Ward on the steps of Dukinfield Town Hall.

While this evening a vigil will be held at Mossley Market Ground at 6.30pm and a candle lighting service will be held at the sundial in Armentieres Square in Stalybridge at 7.30pm.

This evening, around 50 members of Glossop League of Ladies WI Choir will join some 4,000 other singers in the Manchester Together – With One Voice event.

Choir musical director Jo Griffiths said: “Our choir will travel into Manchester to join with 80 other choirs, to create a mass choir of over 4,000 voices, standing together with Manchester in a show of solidarity.

“We are extremely proud to represent Glossop in what will be an extraordinary, emotional and memorable evening.”

Manchester Together – With One Voice starts at 7pm with video messages before a short civic introduction, with the choral performance beginning at 7.30pm.

A mass singalong finale will take place between 8.30-9.30pm.

Songs for the finale have been confirmed as Ariana Grande’s One Last Time, One Day Like This by Elbow, Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis and Never Forget by Take That.

Choirs, including one made up of survivors of the attack, will include some from schools, work places, and the emergency services who rushed to the arena as reports of the atrocity came through.

Others will come together in song to share the spirit of solidarity and to remember all those affected by the tragedy and to show that in the face of adversity, we all stand together.

Tameside Radio will broadcast the remembrance service from Manchester Cathedral from 2pm for one hour this afternoon, which will incorporate the national silence at 2.30pm.

The attack claimed the lives of 22 and left many hundreds injured.