Arena bomb victims remembered six years on

May 22, 2023


The terrorist bomb attack in Manchester, which sparked Martyn’s Law, is remembered today on its sixth anniversary.

Twenty-two people were killed at the Arena after a lone suicide bomber targeted music fans as they left a concert by Ariana Grande.

Figen Murray, mother of victim Martyn Hett, pictured, has campaigned for better security standards at public venues.

The legislation, the draft version of which is now making its way through parliament, will impose measures to make sure venues and their operators comply with rigid guidelines.

Mrs Murray said she will return to the Manchester Arena tomorrow to an events conference. She said that she needed to be with her family over the weekend.

She said: “I will be walking past where he died and, albeit very difficult, it will give me even more determination.”

Two one-minute silences were due to take place at Manchester Victoria railway station during the day – at 12 noon and 22.31pm, the exact anniversary of the attack. Candles will also be made available for people to light.

The names of those who lost their lives will also be read out on the day during services at Manchester Cathedral opposite the memorial at 9am (Morning Prayers), 1.10pm (Holy Communion) and 5.30pm (Choral Evensong.)

A statement from the Security Industry Association said: “Today, our thoughts are with the people of Manchester. We remember, in particular, the families who lost loved ones and those who were injured and had their lives shattered because of the Manchester Arena attack on 22 May 2017. Six years on you are still very much in our thoughts.

“We remain committed to playing our part to strengthen public safety. We continue to work with the private security industry, the police, and the Home Office in the pursuit of this goal. We will continue to do so in support of greater public safety for everyone.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the tragic events at Manchester Arena, at this time.”


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