Vigil in King’s Lynn to remember victims of Manchester attack

A vigil will be held in King's Lynn on Friday evening. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A vigil will be held in King's Lynn on Friday evening. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2017

A vigil tomorrow night will remember the victims of the terror attack in Manchester.

Carol Bower, the Mayor of West Norfolk, will host the event in Tower Gardens, in the centre of King's Lynn (6.30pm).

It will begin with a welcome from Father Adrian Ling, the mayor's chaplain.

The mayor will then give a speech, to voice west Norfolk's sorrow at the atrocity, and sympathy for those affected. Following this, a selection of readings will be given.

Following the readings, attendees will have the chance to light candles and lay flowers to remember the dead.

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Mrs Bower, who became mayor days before the attack, said: 'I know we all feel affected by the terrible and tragic attack on Manchester, and I would like to invite everyone to join us for this communal act of remembrance.

'Lighting a candle or laying flowers may be a small gesture, but it helps us all express the enormous sorrow and sympathy west Norfolk feels for the victims and their loved ones.' Candles will be provided, but attendees are more than welcome to bring flowers should they wish to do so.

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There will be prayer and reflection, which will be followed by a blessing to conclude the vigil.

The vigil is open to people from all faiths, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Some 22 people died when suicide bomber Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated a device packed with shrapnel in the Foyer of the Manchester Arena, on May 22.

The blast came at the end of a concert by US pop singer Ariana Grande. Seven of the dead were young music fans.

Grande and a host of stars including Justin Bieber, Coldplay and Katy Perry will be playing a benefit concert at Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground this weekend.

The One Love Manchester show on Sunday will raise money for those affected by the bombing.

Announcing the show, Grande said: 'I'll be returning to the incredibly brave city of Manchester to spend time with my fans and to have a benefit concert in honour and raise money for the victims and their families.'

The concert, which also features Take That, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell, will be broadcast by the BBC. Some 50,000 tickets will be available.

Organisers hope to raise more than £2m from the event.

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