THERE was a buzz at Gorse Hall Primary, Stalybridge, where pupils got creative for a bee project.
They were chosen to take part in the Bee in the City, a stunning public art trail of more than 80 individually designed bee sculptures that Wild in Art and Manchester City Council are delivering as what has been described as one of the most spectacular public arts events ever staged in Manchester.
Each of the 450 pupils at Gorse Hall were given a template to create their design, with eight selected to form the final design of their bee.
It incorporated the school’s values – bee safe, bee proud, bee kind and bee respectful – and also included the fingerprint of every child in the school.
The centenary of the end of the First World War – bee-member – also featured with the bee wearing a soldier’s helmet and featuring poppies while the wings carried a design for 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 artist LS Lowry who lived in nearby Mottram.
Gorse Hall has discovered its bee will be displayed at Manchester Cathedral and on July 4 the eight winners will be making a trip to see it.
Kathleen Hughes, teacher and people voice co-ordinator at Gorse Hall, said: “The quality of the work was incredible and we had some magnificent designs.
“The bee rules reflected the school’s ethos and in Jack Judge, LS Lowry and Beatrix Potter’s maternal grandparents we had local heroes.
“And there was further heritage in the factories and industrial landscapes.”
The bee is the symbol of Manchester and it became even more significant in the wake of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack last year that killed 22 people.