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Thousands of music fans cheered the names of those killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack as the venue re-opened for the first time with a charity concert.

Thousands of music fans turned out for the benefit concert to mark the reopening of the venue for the first time since a terror attack that claimed 22 lives [Picture: SWNS]

In pictures: Thousands of fans cheer names of victims of Manchester Terror attack as venue reopens with charity concert

The names of those killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack were cheered by thousands of fans as the venue reopened for the first time since the atrocity with a sell-out charity concert.

The crowds of 14,000 people, including families of the victims and those injuried in the attack three months ago, cheered as Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, began the benefit concert by reciting the names of the 22 people who lost their lives in the bombing.

Mr Burnham told the audience: “Thank you to the city for coming together. Thank you for being who you are. We are Manchester, a city united, nothing will ever change us, nothing will ever divide us.”

The event, titled We Are Manchester, was held to honour those affected by the outrage, welcome back live entertainment to the venue and raise money for a permanent memorial for the victims.

A team of trained trauma specialists and mental health professionals was on hand for anyone who needed help during the emotional re-opening event held amid heightened security.

Performances included poet Tony Walsh, Pixie Lott, Noel Gallagher and his band High Flying Birds, The Courteeners and Rick Astley, while comedian Peter Kay returned to the arena where he once worked as a steward.

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