What is the Manchester bee symbol and why did Ariana Grande and many others get bee tattoos after the arena attack?


MANCUNIANS went in their droves to get bee tattoos in solidarity with the victims of the devastating terrorist attack that took place at Manchester Arena.

But why are the insects a symbol of the city? And why were Ariana Grande and so many others getting the distinctive inking? Here’s the lowdown…

 The symbol represents the hard work, grit and unity of MancuniansGetty Images The symbol represents the hard work, grit and unity of Mancunians

Why is the bee a symbol for Manchester?

The worker bee is an emblem for Manchester, symbolising the city’s hard-working past.

It was a hive of activity during the Industrial Revolution and workers were soon dubbed “busy bees”.

Seven bees are included in the crest of the city’s arms.

The insects are also dotted around Manchester’s streets, decorating the clock face of the Palace Hotel and the flooring at Manchester Town Hall.

Manchester I love you 🐝❤️ thank you @xenjackson #manchesterbee #thisisus #westandtogether #manchestertattooappeal

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Why have Mancunians been getting bee tattoos?

People have been getting bee tattoos to honour the victims of the devastating Manchester Arena bombing.

Ariana Grande, whose gig ended in such tragic scenes, joined the rest of the crew in getting the symbol inked as a reminder of their time in the city.

The attack led to 22 people being killed and about 60 people injured on Monday May 22, 2017, in what was the worst terror attack in the UK since 7/7.

One from a while back that seems pretty fitting right now. Proud to be a tattooist and growing up in Manchester it’s overwhelming to see the acts of kindness, and offers of help from everyone today. A little goes a long way. There are still studios with spaces on their fundraising events, look for Manchester Tattoo Appeal on Facebook. 💗🐝 #manchesterbee #Manchester #quick#Bury #manchestertattooappeal @quickdrawtattoo_bury

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A bomb exploded in the foyer moments after the US pop star left the stage and fans were making their way home.

Tattoo artist Sam Barber decided to come up with an idea of both paying tribute to Manchester using the symbol and raising money for victims.

Sam opened up her tattoo parlour for a full day to offer the bee tattoos for £50, with all proceeds going to the families of victims of the bombing.

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