During lunchtime on Tuesday 22 May, an emotional memorial service was held marking the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack involving pupils whose lives had been touched by the tragic events.
Pupils and staff came together to remember those whose lives were lost and those whose lives have been changed forever.
The memorial saw Hannah Riley (Year 10) reading the poignant poem ‘The Bees Still Buzz’ and Will Rock (Year 12) paying tribute by reading the names of those who perished in the attack. A candle was lit and pupils and staff were given the opportunity to leave messages of hope and remembrance in a memorial book.
Following this, the school gathered outside to observe a minute silence before a single pink balloon was released.
Since the attack, the Manchester Bee symbol has swiftly re-emerged as a symbol of hard work, grit and unity of Mancunians but also as a sign of spirit, peace and hope throughout the world. Robert Broxap, grandfather of Robert Ramshaw in Year 10, designed the very first Manchester Worker Bee logo and the family have very kindly lent Bury Grammar School the ORIGINAL aluminium plaque - which is the prototype from which all of the original logos were cast. In a mark of respect and in memory of those who died and were injured in the bombing in May 2017, 22 ceramic Manchester Bees have been cast at Bury Grammar School.
The ‘22 Bees’ were displayed as an installation at the memorial and it is intended that the bees will be displayed in appropriate locations within Manchester, which bears significance to the Memorial activities happening around this time.
The memorial gave pupils and staff a chance to come together and pay their respect. There was an atmosphere of love, strength and solidarity and most importantly, a community united to remember and pay respect to those were affected.