This is why people are sharing pictures of bees in the wake of the Manchester attack
It’s a symbol with a lot of meaning.
As social media continues to be flooded with messages of shock, sadness and solidarity following the Manchester Arena attack, images of mosaic bees are beginning to crop up among them.
There’s a deep meaning behind this symbol and what it means to Manchester, something that’s really resonating with people in the wake of the suicide bombing that killed at least 22 people, including children.
Today I wear my manchester bee with extra pride ❤ pic.twitter.com/BNf7o6OxhI— Kate Price (@katemaeprice) May 23, 2017
So what is the bee symbol about?
200 years a symbol of Manchester is the Worker Bee. Cooperative, resilient, and communitarian. Togetherness is still our greatest strength.— James Cairns (@CairnsJA) May 23, 2017
The worker bee is a motif for Manchester and a throwback to the city’s industrial past.
During the Industrial Revolution, Manchester was at the centre of textile manufacturing. It’s believed the busy workers in the mills were commonly compared to bees in their hives and so the association was born.
Why are people sharing it today?
The bee is intended to symbolise the hard work and team work Mancunians showed during that time – and many people are of the opinion that that message is especially relevant today, following the assistance and support locals have been offering those affected by the incident.
Where can you spot the bee motif in Manchester?
It’s all around, sometimes quite clearly and sometimes only subtly.
The bee can be found on buildings, bollards and even bins.
Here’s one worked into the fountains of Cathedral Gardens…
… and there are seven incorporated into the globe at the top of Manchester’s coat of arms, which was given to the city back in 1842.
It’s also become something of a social symbol for proud Mancs, with many wearing the bee as an accessory or even a tattoo.