‘Nancy’ shows sup­port

Macclesfield Express - - POP CONCERT TERROR ATTACK - STU­ART GREER

AMACCLESFIELD land­mark has been given a new de­sign in sup­port of Manch­ester and the ter­ror at­tack.

De­bra Nixon and Deb­bie Chap­pell painted a bee on White Nancy af­ter a re­quest by Bolling­ton mayor Andy Lang­don.

The city’s worker bee em­blem has be­come a sym­bol of unity and de­fi­ance fol­low­ing the bomb­ing at Manch­ester Arena which killed 22 peo­ple.

The image cho­sen for the iconic land­mark was cre­ated by Mac­cles­field graphic de­signer Matthew Wray, which fea­tures a bee with a hearts on its tho­rax and the words ‘hope, strength, peace’ on its ab­domen.

Matthew, 35, who works at Bolling­ton Print Shop, said: “I cre­ated the image in re­sponse to the aw­ful event in Manch­ester. It was my way of deal­ing with it. It was widely shared on so­cial me­dia and some­how was cho­sen by the mayor. It’s great to think it can be seen for miles around. I just hope it sends a pos­i­tive mes­sage and some com­fort.”

Mean­while, Dick Vin­cent, an il­lus­tra­tor from Mac­cles­field, also saw his de­sign of a bee with the words ‘Stay Strong Our Kid’ shared thou­sands of times on so­cial me­dia.

Mac­cles­field’s tat­too studios have given up their time and tal­ents for free to raise money for the vic­tims and fam­i­lies af­fected by the at­tack.

Artists at Art­maged­don on Ch­ester­gate, Carpe Diem on Mill Lane, Skin Creations on Sun­der­land Street, Grind­house Tat­too Pro­duc­tions on Church Street, have been flooded with re­quests for tat­toos of bees and raised hun­dreds of pounds.

Since the at­tack on May 22, four lo­cal schools have now con­firmed stu­dents and teach­ers were caught up in the at­tack. Mac­cles­field Academy said at least one pupil at­tended and got home safely from the pop con­cert, while Poyn­ton High School con­firmed 25 pupils and three mem­bers of staff were at the con­cert by US star Ari­ana Grande and got away un­harmed.

Tyther­ing­ton School and Fal­li­b­roome Academy re­vealed last week that stu­dents at­tended.

Richard Hedge, prin­ci­pal of Mac­cles­field Academy, said: “Our mes­sage to stu­dents is that these in­ci­dents are very rare and that it is im­por­tant that we do not let ter­ror­ists dis­rupt our way of life.”

David Waugh, head­teacher at Poyn­ton High, said: “The vast ma­jor­ity at­tended school (on May 23) and we were able to put a ring of sup­port and com­fort around them.”

De­bra Dixon

White Nancy in Bolling­ton has been dec­o­rated with an image of a bee in sol­i­dar­ity to Manch­ester

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