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In some exciting news, we have purchased 1 of 77 Manchester Bees from October’s ‘Bee in the City’ auction and on Wednesday evening, we celebrated with staff and local residents, unveiling the Bee to the community at a festive event at our Altrincham office.
Inspired by Manchester’s hive of musical activity in the 1980s and 90s, the bee was designed by Manchester-based artist, Caroline Daly and was aptly named ‘Bee-bop-a-raver’. Now proudly displayed outside our main entrance on Barrington Road, the bee has been attracting the local community and photographs from passers-by whilst on their daily trip to work or school.
The bee was officially unveiled by our Managing Partner, Carl Newton, who, alongside Caroline Daly, shared a few words in front of 150 excited guests before removing the cloth to reveal our very own, fluorescent coloured, Manchester bee.
The dazzling colours make reference to the iconic neon fashions popularised within the 1980s and 90s rave scene. Having spent the summer on First Street in close proximity to the original Hacienda nightclub, the raver bee was one of dozens of bees in the Manchester city centre bee trail, which entertained thousands of bee hunters for months. Bee-bop-a-raver now takes pride of place in what will become the Myerson community garden as the focal point for community-based activities and initiatives.
Carl Newton said: “The Bee in the City project was a fantastic public arts event and attracted widespread attention across the city this summer. Supporting our local community in South Manchester has always been a priority for us as a firm and we are delighted to be bringing one of the bees to Altrincham. We hope it will continue to attract visitors and create a buzz around our local area.”
All proceeds from the Bee in the City charity auction went to the We Love MCR charity and totalled almost £1.1 million.