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Cornwall falls silent to honour Manchester bombing victims

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 4:40pm 22nd May 2018. (Updated at 7:08am 23rd May 2018)

Cornwall has fallen silent to remember the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing one year on.

22 people died when the Ariana Grande concert was targeted in a terror attack on 22nd May 2017.

Pirate FM has held a minute's silence to remember those who lost their lives.

Ariana Grande has also paid tribute to the victims who were killed in the bomb blast.

The singer had just finished performing and concert-goers were leaving the arena when 22-year-old Salman Abedi blew himself up in the building's foyer.

She tweeted: "Thinking of you all today and every day. I love you with all of me and am sending you all of the light and warmth I have to offer on this challenging day."

Her tribute came ahead of a service of remembrance for the victims to mark the first anniversary.

Relatives of the 22 people who died and some of the survivors of the bomb were joined by the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister at the service in Manchester Cathedral.

The ceremony included a national silence at 2.30pm to allow the country to remember those who died.

In an article for the Manchester Evening News, Theresa May said: "The targeting of the young and innocent as they enjoyed a carefree night out in the Manchester Arena on May 22, 2017 was an act of sickening cowardice.

"It was designed to strike at the heart of our values and our way of life in one of our most vibrant cities, with the aim of breaking our resolve and dividing us. It failed.

"For such appalling acts of wickedness will do nothing but strengthen our resolve to defeat such twisted ideologies and beliefs.

"The resilience and determination shown by this city in the 12 months since is testament to that."

Along with the 22 people who were killed, more than 800 others, many of them children, were either physically or psychologically injured, according to police.

The youngest person to die was just eight years old.

Some of those who were at the concert will be performing at a special event on Tuesday evening as part of the Manchester Survivors Choir.

They will join more than 3,000 singers from local choirs at the Manchester Together - With One Voice event in the city's Albert Square from 7.30pm to 9pm.

And at At 10.31pm, bells will ring out from the city's Town Hall, St Ann's Church and St Mary's RC Church to mark the moment when the attack took place 12 months ago.

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