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Hundreds gathered to pay their respects a week on from the terror attack
Bells rang to mark the beginning of a moment of silence at 10.31pm on Monday, the moment Salman Abedi detonated his device in the foyer of the Manchester Arena.
The silence gave way to applause which rang round the packed St Ann’s Square, the Manchester Evening News reported.
The vigil, illuminated by hundreds of tea candles, was a moment of quiet reflection for a city united in grief.
Irina Tomic, 17, from Warrington, said: “A few of my friends went to this concert and I've always liked to go to gigs, so this tragedy really hit home to me. I wanted to come here to pay my respects.
At 10:31, the time of the attack, the crowd fell silent
“It feels like everyone has come together. I'm not too bothered about the rain, I'm mostly thinking about those who have passed away.
“I knew four people who went to the gig, there was a lot of anticipation – for that kind of thing to happen was really awful.”
Manchester resident Julio Villa-Garcia, 35, originally from Spain, said: “I’m here in solidarity – any of us could have been involved in [the tragedy].
“It's very impressive to see people offering their places, their hotels, free taxi rides back home.
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Those who gathered started clapping in a sign of respect for the victims and a show of strength
“That's the beauty of this – if anything good comes out of it, it's precisely that.
“We cannot surrender and give in to terrorism. We have to keep living. We cannot give up.”
Anti-terror police have appealed for information about a blue suitcase the attacker was carrying
The usually bustling square has become a sombre focal point for outpourings of grief.
Hundreds of floral tributes cover the plaza including teddy bears, football scarves, and handwritten notes for those who lost their lives.
Some of those interviewed stated they cannot give in to terrorism
Anti-terror police appealed for information about a blue suitcase Abedi was carrying on the day of the deadly Manchester bombing.
The police operation to arrest those they suspect of being linked to the terrorist attack is continuing.
So far, 16 people have been arrested and of those 14 are currently in custody. On Saturday counter-terrorism police carried out further raids, evacuating some streets in the process.