An award presented to the people of Greater Manchester in recognition of their response to the Manchester Arena attack is to go on display at Sale Library.
The Spirit of Manchester statue was awarded to Greater Manchester at the first ever Pride of Manchester Awards on 8 May, as a symbol of the region’s strength, courage and resolve following the tragic events of 22 May 2017.
The statue was given to the entire region as a special award, after judges received hundreds of nominations for the 'Pride of Manchester' award and found it impossible to select a single winner.
Sale Library will be putting the statue in pride of place from Monday, November 11 until Saturday, November 30. The statue has been going on tour around all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, visiting libraries because they are the best way for as many people across Greater Manchester to see it.
The award ends its journey at Manchester Art Gallery on 3 February 2020. It will remain on view there until it takes up permanent residence at Manchester Town Hall, which reopens to the public in 2024.
Cllr Jane Baugh, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said:
This award is for everyone in Greater Manchester for their incredible reaction to the traumatic Manchester Arena bombing.
We all remember that terrible event but we also need to remember our reaction to it. Our resilience, our generosity, our community spirit and our love brought light back to Manchester, so it is only right that this award goes on display for everyone to see it and share the spirit in which it was awarded.”
Posted on Thursday 7th November 2019