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Published: Friday, 08 September 2017

Memorial

A new advisory group of civic and business leaders has been established to guide the development of a lasting, permanent memorial or memorials.

Manchester will never forget what happened on 22 May. The world came together to stand in solidarity with those affected by the tragedy.

A new advisory group of civic and business leaders has been established to guide the development of a lasting, permanent memorial or memorials.

The group, chaired by Malcolm Press, the vice-chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, had its first meeting last night. They are determined to ensure that any memorial, or memorials, are both lasting and appropriate. 

Malcolm Press, Chair of the Advisory Group said "The advisory group made clear that any memorial should have those most directly affected at the heart of the process and we want to speak to them first to inform what we do next.

Our first step will be to make contact with them via family liaison officers in the next few days to explain more about the group, and to ensure that they are front and centre of the any memorial plans.  It's crucial to get this process right - we do not want to rush it.  It therefore might take some time to get everyone's views.  We will give further updates once we've spoken to those affected and understood how they want to go forward."

The Manchester Arena is to reopen on Saturday 9th September 2017 with a special benefit concert featuring an all star line-up.

All the profits from the We Are Manchester Concert will raise money for the Manchester Memorial Fund. This fund will go towards the costs of establishing a permanent memorial or memorials for the 22 May attack at Manchester Arena. 

The Manchester Memorial Fund will be run as a dedicated part of the Lord Mayor of Manchester's Charity Appeal Trust - We Love Manchester, with all funds raised used for memorial purposes. This should not be confused with the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, the separate fund run in association with the British Red Cross to help support those who suffered loss, injury or trauma in the Arena attack.

Please visit this page if you want to donate to the Manchester Memorial Fund.