Manchester Arena bombing survivor will race in honour of her pal to mark fifth anniversary

MANCHESTER Arena bombing survivor Freya Lewis will race in honour of her tragic pal today as her city unites in grief for the attack’s fifth anniversary.

Thousands will gather at memorial services to mark the atrocity at an Ariana Grande concert, which left 22 dead.

Freya, 19, whose pal Nell Jones, 14, was killed, will take part in the city’s annual 10K race after learning how to walk again.

And Man United will wear shirts with a bee symbol.

Paying tribute to the city and its people, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “Like the country my thoughts are with the victims, families and friends of all those affected by the cowardly attack on Manchester Arena five years ago today.

“This was an act of terrorism against the freedoms we all hold dear, but as the people of Manchester demonstrated so courageously in the days that followed, hatred will never win.

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“The bravery and defiance shown by Mancunians touched the world and just as we remember all those taken from us, we must remember and celebrate that triumph of love and community.”

Student Freya Lewis, from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, said: "I am happy and healthy for the first time in a very long time.

"I have changed in more ways that you can imagine.

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"I am grateful for the outlook I have in life as I had to learn at 14 years old that you really only do live once.

"Things can change in one night so just be grateful for those around you."

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