Ariana Grande declared an honorary Mancunian after helping to heal city
ARIANA GRANDE has been made an honorary citizen of Manchester following the terror attack on the city in which 22 people died.
City councillors voted unanimously to bestow the honour on the 23-year-old American pop star at a meeting this morning as family members of some of the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing looked on.
Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, 22, carried out the attack on May 22 after a concert by Grande.
Council leader Sir Richard Leese put forward the motion and described Grande as ‘a young American woman for whom it would have been understandable if she never wanted to see this place again’.
He said instead she ‘brought comfort to thousands and raised millions for the We Love Manchester emergency fund’ by returning to the city to perform in June after organising the One Love Manchester benefit concert.
At the meeting the council also voted to hold civic receptions for those who helped with the response and to propose a new awards scheme to recognise outstanding contributions to the city.
Author: Simon Garner