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In pictures: The nation joins together for a minute's silence to honour the Manchester victims

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A minute’s silence has been held in remembrance of those who died or were affected by the terror attack in Manchester on Monday night.

The attack claimed the lives of 22 people, including many children, and injured at least 59 others.

A woman cries next to a heart shaped balloon
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

The silence was observed at across the UK, including at St Ann’s Square in Manchester.

A mourning mother with child
(Ben Birchall/PA)

The flowers in Manchester
(Ben Birchall/PA)

Balloons were released by the crowd.

And the moment was followed by the crowd singing Don’t Look Back in Anger, by Manchester band Oasis.

In London, people paused outside the Houses of Parliament and on Trafalgar Square.

The mourners in London
(Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

London mourners
(Jonathan Brady/PA)

Workers in government buildings also stopped to observe the silence.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined colleagues in the Scottish Parliament’s Garden Lobby to remember the victims.

The minsters observing the silence
(Jane Barlow/PA)

At Islington Fire Station, firefighters were joined by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corbyn with firefighters
(Yui Mok/PA)

Outside the headquarters of Greater Manchester Police, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins asked those gathered to spend a minute “reflecting” on the events of Monday night.

“Particularly remembering the families of those 22 victims who perished in that terrorist atrocity that we saw here in our great city,” said Hopkins. “I’d like you to also think about those that still lie in our hospitals, some very critically injured. Think of them and their families.”

After the minute’s silence which followed, a round of applause broke out from the crowd.

People in the world of sport also stopped to pay their respects – with teams from rugby and football both involved.

Meanwhile English golfers Danny Willet and Chris Wood paused during a round at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, Surrey.

Danny Willet pauses
(Steven Paston/PA)

Chris Wood
(Steven Paston/PA)

The power of the moment of respect is evident in its reaction.

Scott Rutherford’s 17-year-old sister Chloe and her boyfriend Liam Parry, 19, died in the attack – and the 20-year-old paid homage to those who observed the silence.

Flags will remain at half-mast on government buildings until the evening today.




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