Ariana Grande is being made the first ever honorary citizen of Manchester.

The city council met today and the motion was passed unanimously in order to thank her for the way in which she responded to the attack.

Manchester City Council leader Sir Richard Leese commended her bravery and explained that it would have been completely understandable if she had never returned to the city.


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He explained: "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."

Thankfully, everyone else agreed and as a result, the first ever honorary citizenship is being awarded to the 23-year-old American singer.


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The meeting was attended by some family members of the Manchester Arena bombing victims.

Sir Richard also commended the city as a whole, adding: "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."


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He continued: "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."


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The One Love concert raised almost £3 million for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

At this moment in time, there are no plans to hold a ceremony to give her the title in person.

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Mel Ramsay

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