TRIBUTES have been paid to the victims of the Manchester Arena, including Holmes Chapel schoolgirl Nell Jones.

Nell, 14, was one of 22 who sadly lost their lives when a bomb was detonated following an Ariana Grande concert on May 22, 2017.

The singer has led social media tributes, posting a bee emoji to Instagram. The worker bee, a symbol of Manchester, became a sign of defiance in the wake of the attack.

The singer organised and performed at the One Love concert in June 2017 to raise money for the emergency fund launched following the attack.

As many people posted messages remembering the attack, the hashtags #OneLoveManchester, #ManchesterRemembers and #WeStandTogether were all trending on Twitter across the United Kingdom.

A memorial service is being held in St Ann’s Square, Manchester, this afternoon, while a Walk of Memory will take place in Holmes Chapel on Friday, May 24, departing the leisure centre at 6pm.

Cheshire Police paid tribute to Nell and DC Elaine McIver, one of the 22 victims and a serving police officer at the constabulary.

The force posted on Twitter: Today we remember our fallen colleague DC Elaine McIver, Holmes Chapel teenager Nell Jones, and all those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena attack two years ago.

“Our thoughts remain with all those affected by the horrifying events of that night. #WeStandTogether”

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham tweeted a picture including the names of the victims.

He added the words: "Today is a day to remember, to reflect & to recommit to all those whose lives changed on 22/5/17.

"We will always be there for you."

Mr Burnham was joined in paying tribute by London mayor Sadiq Khan, Manchester City and United football clubs, and emergency services across the north west.