Manch­ester Arena re­opens

The Week - Junior - - Arts And Entertainment -

On 9 Septem­ber, more than 14,000 peo­ple gath­ered for the We Are Manch­ester show, mark­ing the re­open­ing of Manch­ester Arena, four months af­ter an at­tack at the venue in which 22 peo­ple died. The mayor of Greater Manch­ester, Andy Burn­ham, read out a trib­ute to the vic­tims at the be­gin­ning of the night, be­fore singers and per­form­ers took to the stage.

Co­me­dian Peter Kay de­liv­ered a strong mes­sage that even though the city had been through a hor­ren­dous time, “We’ve got to move for­ward with love and not hate, and that’s how we win”. Man­cu­nian mu­si­cian, Noel Gal­lagher, took to the stage af­ter Kay to per­form some of his hits, in­clud­ing Don’t Look Back In Anger. This song was spon­ta­neously sung fol­low­ing a minute’s si­lence at a vigil in cen­tral Manch­ester shortly af­ter the at­tack. All prof­its from the show will to go to­wards the con­struc­tion of a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial to re­mem­ber the 22 vic­tims.

More than 14,000 peo­ple at­tended the event.

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