If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to visit my hometown, you’ll already know that Manchester is buzzing, quite literally – because it’s home to the Worker Bee! 🐝
The worker bee has long been the beloved symbol of Manchester. First introduced in 1842 as part of the cities coat of arms, it was given to celebrate Manchester’s industrial past of textile mills, known to be a ‘hive of activity’. The Printworks (a popular cinema and dining spot) even houses urban bee keeping, making its own honey – and you can go along and buy some if you want (of course you want!).
Following the devastating bombing on the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017, the bee has also become the city’s symbol of unity and defiance – and a sign of Manchester’s strength. In the Summer of 2018, Manchester was invaded by huge bee sculptures, each designed by a local artist and dotted throughout the city and its surrounding towns as part of the ‘Bee In The City’ trail. This was great fun for kids (and big kids like me) and raised lots of money for the Arena bombing charities.
Here’s a look back at 20 of the best bees….enjoy!
More from the 2020 Series coming soon! In the meantime, check out the others here.