AN INTIMATE memorial service will be held for the families of the 22 victims of the arena attack this year.

For the second anniversary of the Manchester Arena Attack a private service will be held in St Ann’s Church, Manchester the families who lost loved ones, those injured and those who were first to respond.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester will never forget the terrible events of May 22, 2017 nor the remarkable display of unity and love which followed.

“Those who were killed and their loved ones, as well as all those left physically or mentally injured, have a place in our hearts.

“The anniversary has a particular resonance but especially for the families who lost loved ones. As always, their views are paramount in our considerations.

“We are also making progress towards a permanent physical commemoration in the city, a space which will be a focus for reflection and remembrance. “

A site on land between Hunt's Bank and Deansgate, close to the arena and Manchester Cathedral has been found for a permanent memorial.

Manchester Cathedral will be open through the day on May 22 for quiet reflection and prayer. There will be opportunities to spend time remembering all those affected by the attack.