Train operator, Northern, is marking the fourth anniversary of the Manchester Arena bombing, and is also helping others to do the same during the current restrictions.
Northern will broadcast a minutes silence on their Facebook page in the memory of the victims at Manchester Victoria on Saturday 22nd May at 12 pm; this will allow others to do the same at their homes.
Manchester Bee floor stickers will be placed on the floor to allow members of the public to pay tribute whilst social distancing.
22 bee candles will be lit by station staff in memory of the victims, and another minutes silence at 10:31 pm, the exact time of the attack, and the station building will glow yellow.
Jenny Preston, Station Manager at Manchester Victoria, said: “On Saturday, we will pay our respects once more to those who lost their lives in the attack on Manchester Arena. Our thoughts remain with everyone affected by the tragedy and especially with the families and friends of those who lost loved ones.
“We want to make sure that everyone who wants to – including those who are unable to be here in person – has the opportunity to pay their respects to all those affected by this tragedy. That’s why we’re live-streaming our minute’s silence at 12pm via our Facebook page.
“We recognise that many people will want to visit the station on Saturday, and we would urge anyone passing through to please adhere to social distance rules and take the usual precautions if making journeys using our trains.”
Soldiers Gate, inside Manchester Victoria, is a memorial for those who lost their lives in the attack, and new artwork has been installed by local artist, Dez.
He said: “It is an honor to have created this artwork in memory of the victims of the Manchester arena bombings and to see it hung in the station. Being from the city myself, I wanted to portray our strength and unity – symbolised by the worker bees. My thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.”
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