Manchester, and the nation, fell silent at 11am today in memory of the victims of Monday’s terror attack at the Arena.
Lord Mayor of Manchester Eddy Newman, council leader Sir Richard Leese, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, and Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester Warren Smith joined members of the public in observing the silence.
St Ann’s Square is now the focal point for the floral tributes which members of the public have been leaving since Tuesday.
Liverpool held a minute’s silence as an act of solidarity in Manchester, with Liverpool City Mayor Joe Anderson and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram meeting at Pier Head to lead the tribute.
Anderson said: “The bonds that tie Liverpool and Manchester together are strong. Many from Liverpool were at the concert and have come home with memories nobody should ever have to experience. Our thoughts and prayers go to everyone there, with the families of the bereaved, those still searching for loved ones, and those now in hospital receiving treatment.”