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Manchester is planning to make Ariana Grande an honorary citizen, following the brutal terror attack at her concert in the city in May that killed 22 people and injured dozens of others.
The council want to bestow the honour on the 23-year-old pop star after she arranged the One Love Manchester benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the tragedy at the Manchester Arena just a week later, and say the singer is already considered an honorary Mancunian in the hearts of its people.
They are proposing a new system, which would recognise people who aren’t residents of the city but have made an outstanding contribution to it.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese told BBC News: “[Many people already see Ariana as] an honorary Mancunian. This seems a fitting moment to update the way we recognise those who make noteworthy contributions to the life and success of our city.
“We’ve all had cause to be incredibly proud of Manchester and the resilient and compassionate way in which the city, and all those associated with it, have responded to the terrible events of 22 May – with love and courage rather than hatred and fear … [Ariana had] exemplified this response.”
Manchester City Council also revealed they plan to hold an event to recognise the “great many selfless acts and demonstrations of community spirit in the aftermath of the atrocity”.
Ariana was left “broken” by the tragedy and has continued to extend her thoughts and prayers for her “angels”, as she resumed her Dangerous Woman World Tour in Paris last week.
Captioning a photograph of the Eiffel Tower, she wrote: “First show back tonight. Thinking of our angels every step of the way. I love you with all my heart.
“Grateful for and incredibly proud of my band, dancers and entire crew. I love you I love you. (sic)”
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