Bee here now

THE winners of the Gorse Hall Primary Bee in the City competition visited Manchester Cathedral to see their bee on display in the Regiment’s Chapel.

Gorse Hall Primary School children with their winning bee

The bee, created by pupils, is one of more than 80 individually designed bee sculptures that Wild in Art and Manchester City Council have delivered in one of the most spectacular public arts events ever staged in Manchester.

Each of the 450 pupils at the Stalybridge school were given a template to create their design with eight selected to form the final design of their bee.

And the eight children were invited to Manchester to see their bee in-situ.

The bee incorporated the school’s values – bee safe, bee proud, bee kind and bee respectful – and included the fingerprint of every child in the school.

The centenary of the end of the First World War – bee remember – also featured with the bee wearing a soldier’s helmet and poppies while the wings carried the union flag.

Stalybridge’s history and heritage was also incorporated with recognition of Jack Judge who wrote ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ while in the town, Beatrix Potter’s grandparents who built Gorse Hall and LS Lowry who lived in nearby Mottram.

The bee is the symbol of Manchester and became every more significant in the wake of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack last year that killed 22 people.

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