Thousands of handmade bees and hearts handed out in tribute to Manchester bombing victims

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THOUSANDS of handmade hearts and bees are being handed out in Manchester today, one year on from the terror attack that claimed 22 lives.

The tiny, lovingly-made objects will decorate the city as it bands together in memory of the tragedy that unfolded at Manchester Arena.

 Bees painted on stones left in tribute to all the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attackAFP or licensors Bees painted on stones left in tribute to all the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack

Among the tributes are stones painted with bees – with the insect symbolising Manchester's hardworking past. 

The #aheart4mcr campaign was started by Beth Clarke, with the mum saying she had wanted to bring some "love and happiness" to Manchester.

And after putting out a call to arms, more than 27,000 hearts made of all sorts of materials have been sent to Manchester from across the world, including Australia, South America, and New Zealand.

Describing the campaign on Facebook, the mum wrote: "I do feel that to mark the one year anniversary is the right thing to do.

Coldplay's Chris Martin sings Don't Look Back In Anger by Oasis at Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert  Orla Shaw, three, from Bury leaves a Bee pebble in St Ann's Square in ManchesterPA:Press Association Orla Shaw, three, from Bury leaves a Bee pebble in St Ann's Square in Manchester  Beth Clarke said that she had wanted to bring some 'love and happiness' to ManchesterMegan Lawton Beth Clarke said that she had wanted to bring some 'love and happiness' to Manchester  The hearts have been lovingly handmade by those hoping to show their support for the cityMegan Lawton The hearts have been lovingly handmade by those hoping to show their support for the city  Some of the hearts will decorate Manchester, while others have notes asking to be taken homeMegan Lawton Some of the hearts will decorate Manchester, while others have notes asking to be taken home

"The families of the victims have been left to suffer the worst grief and I feel it is important to show them that their loved ones have not and will never be forgotten.

"Random acts of kindness, in any form, can only be a good thing."

She said that she understood that the day would be full of "mixed emotions", saying: "But hopefully, once again, we will bring some love and happiness to Manchester and put smiles on the faces of many that walk by."

Beth, who runs a small craft business, thanked those who had helped her organise the campaign – as well as those who had taken time to make a heart and send it to the city.

 Beth Clarke said she hoped to fill the city with 7,500 handmade heartsGetty Images – Getty Beth Clarke said she hoped to fill the city with 7,500 handmade hearts  A pink paper heart hangs in Manchester, decorated with a worker bee and message 'I love Manchester'Getty Images – Getty A pink paper heart hangs in Manchester, decorated with a worker bee and message 'I love Manchester'  The hearts have been sent to Manchester from across the world, including Australia, New Zealand and the USGetty Images – Getty The hearts have been sent to Manchester from across the world, including Australia, New Zealand and the US  Many people were involved in the campaign to recognise the victims, and survivors of the tragedyGetty Images – Getty Many people were involved in the campaign to recognise the victims, and survivors of the tragedy  The hearts are a sign that the city is banding togetherGetty Images – Getty The hearts are a sign that the city is banding together

Many of the hearts have been sorted and strung up across the city, while others have notes urging people to take them home.

The hearts have been made of all sorts of materials – from cloth and paper to cardboard and wood.

A minute's silence will also be held in Manchester today, in memory for the victims of the bombing attack.

Twenty-two people died in the attack after an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.

Survivors have today spoken out, with many left traumatised by the bombing. 

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