Manchester, City of Flowers
May 28, 2017 8:12am CST
It is now 6 days since the terrorist attack on the concert at Manchester Arena. Thousands of people so far have placed flowers in St Ann’s Square, the place that was designated as a tribute area for the victims of that incident. However, despite the wave of people attending to pay tribute, many people have been unable to attend prior to the weekend due to work commitments. Today I travelled into Manchester on the Metrolink replacement bus. When I alighted in the city centre many other passengers also alighted, many carrying bunches and bouquets of flowers. From there I went to Aldi in the Arndale Centre and then to Tesco’s. In both shops there were numerous people queueing at the checkouts with flowers to purchase. St Ann’s Square is already home to a mountain of flowers, yet more are constantly being brought and laid there. Soon there will be no room for people to enter the area due to the growing amount of floral tributes.
22 people like this
• Manchester, England
It will seem longer due to the constant coverage by the media. Such incidents always attract vast tributes, but this has far exceeded expectations. Possibly due to most victims being so young plus the wide area over which they resided.
• Worcester, England
personally I'm not a fan of floral tributes unless they are from immediate family. I look at the flowers and convert them to money in my head and knowing they'll die in a day or so doesn't fill me with happiness. I'd prefer to see donations to charity...but not through sites like just giving. I understand the sentiment behind flowers but it just isn't my thing.
• United States
@Asylum I pray for your nation's safety from any more of these evil attacks and wish I could do more. The loss of so many young lives is such villainy that it truly needs to be stopped. I am glad to see you are back by the way. You have been missed my friend.
• United States
It's just awful what is happening over in your neck of the woods. It's good to see how much the people care, but perhaps a bit of organizing is needed. Contributions to a general fund can pay for a large floral tribute that is attractive and honoring to the victims and the surplus money could go to the victims.
• Peoria, Arizona
The fact that people are still paying respect many days afterwards, triumphs America's thought of memorial and respect. No, a week later in America everyone is bickering at each other and making it political. I love the unity that people are bringing to the ones that lost their lives. People care and people are showing to not be afraid. Showing that people need to be united in the darkest of times and not hating each other. It is great that you took the time to go out and so thoughtful.