Floral tribute to Manchester attack victims installed in Hyde Park
Monday 30th April 2018 15:10 Hyde News Tameside Posted by Tom Greggan

A lasting memorial to the Manchester terror attack victims has been carefully created in Hyde Park. The permanent flower bed in the shape of a bee will serve as a floral tribute.

A plaque will also be installed as a reminder that Tameside will always stand in solidarity and that those who tragically lost their lives will never be forgotten.

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

TASC applied for funding from the We Stand Together Fund and late last year, members spent a weekend with students from All Saints College planting the cuttings for the flowerbed.  The final outcome includes more than 1,000 plants.

Staff from Stone Soup, a creative engagement organisation, have been involved in each of the engagement sessions to provide support for those affected by the attack who have been involved.

Working with DB Garden Nurseries and the borough’s veteran community, the project, which began in mid-2017 has been a superb example of community collaboration and engagement.

A number of small business from Tameside in addition to DB Garden Nurseries have generously supported the project these include, Lymefield Garden Centre, Pete Garcia Fabrications, Illingworth Ingham of Hyde and Paul Hett’s, also of Hyde.

Duke of Edinburgh students from All Saints College, Hyde District Girl Guides and Brownies and children, young people and families affected by the attack planted the cuttings for the flowerbed during December and January.

TASC have been delighted by the project and the way in which it has brought so many people together.

Twenty-two people died and many hundreds were injured after terrorist Salman Abedi detonated a suicide bomb at the Ariana Grande pop concert at Manchester Arena on May 22 last year. The worker bee is a symbol of Manchester that’s been used to unite people following the attack and raise funds.

For more information on Tameside Armed Services Community please visit www.tamesideasc.org.uk or email [email protected]