A new advisory group of civic and business leaders established to guide the development of a lasting, permanent memorial or memorials to commemorate the Manchester Arena terrorist attack is being chaired by Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press.
The advisory group had its first meeting on Thursday evening, ahead of the reopening of Manchester Arena on Saturday 9 September with a special benefit ‘We Are Manchester Concert’ featuring an all-star line-up.
The group is determined to ensure that any memorial, or memorials, is both lasting and appropriate.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Malcolm Press said: “I am honoured to have been asked to chair this advisory group. Manchester will never forget what happened on May 22 when the city and people around the world came together to stand in solidarity with those affected by the tragedy. The aim of the advisory group is to deliver a suitable and lasting memorial or memorials.”
A statement issued on behalf 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 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.”
All the profits from Saturday’s 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 those affected by the bombing at Manchester Arena.
The Manchester Memorial Fund will be run as a dedicated part of the Lord Mayor of Manchester’s charity We Love Manchester with all funds raised used for memorial purposes.
This fund is complementary but separate to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which is run in association with the Red Cross to help support those who suffered loss, injury or trauma in the Arena attack.