Hyde Park memorial to Manchester attack victims nears completion
Tuesday 20th February 2018 @ 17:27 by Tom Greggan
Hyde News Tameside

A lasting memorial to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack is being created in Hyde Park.

Plans were unveiled back in September for a flowerbed in the shape a worker bee, the icon of Manchester that became a symbol of strength following the attack.

The Manchester worker bee

Now, the tribute is being created and a plaque will also be installed, as a reminder that Tameside will always stand in solidarity and that the twenty-two people who lost their lives will never be forgotten.

 

Tameside Armed Services Community (TASC) is working with schools, colleges, community groups and families affected by the attack to plant the sustainable flowers.

TASC applied for a funding grant from the We Stand Together Fund, which has now been approved. Staff spent a weekend with students from All Saints College planting the cuttings for the flowerbed. They were excited to see the final outcome, which will contain over 1,000 plants.

Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s Armed Forces Lead, said: “The community response to what happened in Manchester has been remarkable and projects like this are exactly what we need to bring everyone together. We owe a very big thank you to the family of Martyn Hett who have had amazing input into the project after such a tragic loss.”

The planting scheme will take place in the week commencing Monday March 19th, with the frame being put into place, followed later in the week with schools, families and veterans assisting in the planting of the bee.