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The Worker Bee symbol – what’s the meaning behind it?

We’ve all been shaken to the core about the events of the Manchester Arena Bomb on 22nd May 2017 where a terrorist plotted and killed 22 people and left over 100 people with serious injuries. In the aftermath, the people of Manchester have pulled together and have remained strong and defiant showing courage and support for others.

You will have seen splashed over various news and media channels many people have been queuing up to get the ‘bee’ tattoo (The Manchester Tattoo Appeal was launched by Stalybridge tattoo artist Sam Barber) which is a significant symbol that represents Manchester. Each tattoo costs £50 with the proceeds going to support the bomb victims and their families.

The bee was used as a motif for Manchester during the industrial revolution and is in fact 150 years old. Seven bees are included in the crest of the city’s arms, which were granted to the Borough of Manchester in 1842.

At the time, it represented the hard work of Mancunians and the textile mills that were commonly described as hives of activity, with the workers inside them compared to bees. The motif has been widely used to represent the city as a symbol of industry.

Now the bee represents solidarity, unity and a sense of togetherness that Manchester people will not be broken and will stand defiant against terrorism.