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Newspaper pays tribute to terror attack victims one year on

The Manchester Evening News has published a moving front page tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, one year on from the tragedy.

Today’s edition bears the image of a love heart comprised of bees, a symbol of Manchester which was used prominently following the atrocity as a mark of unity.

A total of 22 bees form the overall image, representing each person who perished in the atrocity at an Ariana Grande concert on 22 May last year.

Below the image are listed the names of each of the victims.

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Among those to praise the design was Polly Curtis, Huffington Post’s UK editor.

She posted on Twitter: “The MEN team are the absolute best of newspapers, knowing their audience, ignoring what all the others are doing because they know the real story their readers want to read.”

BBC newsdesk and planning editor Neil Henderson, who reviews the following morning’s newspapers each night, added yesterday evening: “Tomorrow’s Manchester Evening News has no headline, but is impressive nonetheless.”

Labour MP David Lammy also wrote last night: “Powerful, poignant and beautiful. Sometimes words are not needed and sometimes words cannot do justice to what is required.

“All my thoughts and prayers are with the city of Manchester and all those who lost loved ones ahead of the anniversary tomorrow. A rightly proud city.”

Today’s edition also carried a first-person piece by the mother of Martyn Hett, a 29-year-old PR manager who died in the attack.

At Friday’s Regional Press Awards, the MEN scooped seven prizes, in large part for its reporting of the atrocity and its aftermath.

MEN editor-in-chief Darren Thwaites told HTFP: “We wanted to create a front page that was elegant but not overstated in respectful memory of those who lost their lives. No headline was needed to express the everlasting love of Manchester.

“We were overwhelmed by the reaction on social media. Our city has come together with strength, spirit and unity in the face of terrible tragedy.”

The Lancashire Post has also dedicated its front page to the victims of the tragedy, opting for the headline ‘Don’t look back in anger’ in a nod to Manchester band Oasis.

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Four of the victims – Saffie Rose Roussos, Georgina Callander, Michelle Kiss and Jane Tweddle – came from the Preston-based Post’s patch.