Ariana Grande Has Become The First Honorary Citizen Of Manchester

"She brought comfort to thousands."

Zoe P

12 July 2017

Zoe P

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Manchester City Council has today announced their first ever honorary citizen, Ariana Grande, in a unanimous vote.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese has commended the 23-year-old for her actions after the tragic attack following her concert that killed 22 people and injured at least 59 others.

In a meeting joined by some family members of the victims, Sir Leese explained that he believed it would be completely understandable if Ariana chose never to return to their city.

"But no - instead she, as an artist, a performer, was determined that she would not perform again until she had returned to Manchester to perform.

"In doing so, she brought comfort to thousands, she raised millions for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund and became the first patron of that fund.

"And that's why I propose that Ariana Grande is made the first honorary citizen of the city of Manchester."


The Council leader continued to praise the spirits of the locals, "Manchester continues to move forwards with strength, spirit and its trademark swagger. But we will never forget the terrible events of 22 May and their aftermath.

"As well as honouring the victims and all those affected, it is important that we remember the extraordinary acts of courage and generosity of spirit which we have witnessed.

"The worst of times have in many ways brought out the best in the city."

Ariana’s One Love Manchester concert, which included performances by major musical artists like Coldplay, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell Williams, raised around £3 million ($AUD 5.3M) for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

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