Northern Trains to mark sixth anniversary of Manchester Arena bombing with minute silence

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Northern Trains will call upon staff and customers to take part in a minute’s silence at one of Manchester's biggest train stations

Today marks the six year anniversary since the tragic events of the Manchester Arena bombing. 22 people were killed and over 1,000 injured during the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande gig when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated his device in the foyer of the arena. 

To mark the six year anniversary, Northern will be holding two separate periods of silence. The first of these will be held at 12pm at Manchester Victoria train station. 

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The Railway Chaplain will offer a short prayer at the memorial for the victims’ families and survivors. Flowers will also be laid throughout the day.  Another minute’s silence will be held at 10.31pm by Northern- the exact time of the attack.  

Chris Jackson, regional director at Northern said: “On Monday, we will pay our respects once more to those who lost their lives in the attack on Manchester Arena. Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by the tragedy and especially with the families and friends of those who lost loved ones.”

Visitors to the station will also have a place to reflect at a bench and blossom tree which was installed at Soldier’s Gate in 2021. Candles will also be available for people to light. 

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