A memorial to the 22 people murdered in the Manchester Arena terror attack will be officially open to the public from Wednesday.
The Glade of Light Memorial is a white marble “halo” bearing the names of those killed in the May 2017 attack.
Families of those who have lost loved ones were able to create personalized memory capsules, containing memories and messages, which are embedded inside the halo.
They also had the opportunity to visit privately before the memorial opened.
The Tribute is designed as a living memorial – a peaceful garden space for remembrance and reflection, featuring plants that grow naturally in the British countryside and have been selected to provide color throughout the year and echo the changing seasons.
Every year around the anniversary, May 22, the white flowers of a hawthorn planted in its center will bloom.
Manchester City Council chief Bev Craig said: âWe will never forget those whose lives were lost on 22 May 2017. They already had a permanent place in the hearts of the people of Manchester. Now they have a lasting memorial in the heart of our city.
âThe Glade of Light is a beautiful tribute to them and somewhere that will also have deep meaning for all those affected by the attack. We hope that the memorial site will be a place of peace and comfort, recalling that the love is stronger than hate.
The fences around the site, where work began in March last year, will be dismantled so that the public can visit the memorial on Wednesday. An official opening event is planned for spring 2022, before the fifth anniversary of the attack.
The memorial is located between Manchester Cathedral and Chetham School of Music, at the foot of Fennel Street where it meets Victoria Street.
Hundreds of people were injured alongside the 22 people who died, including six children under the age of 16, the youngest just eight, in the attack by suicide bomber Salman Abedi after an Ariana Grande concert in the arena.