Wednesday 22nd May 2019 saw the second anniversary of the tragic Manchester Arena attack in which 22 innocent music lovers had their lives taken at an Ariana Grande concert.
Although the first anniversary was a huge celebration of their lives with beautiful Manchester pride pouring out of every corner of the city I am proud to call home (which means a lot coming from a Yorkshire Rose!), the family & friends of the fallen northern angels have commemorated the date in privacy with an intimate service this year.
To show our love & respect, myself & fellow fat lady of The 88 & Friends, Kayleigh, teamed up with the wonder women at Take Heart to spread the love throughout our city in our own way on this day.
As you have probably read in a previous post on The Unseasoned Wag, The 88 & Friends is a Manchester-based self love initiative accepting, welcoming & embracing everyone who has been negatively spotlighted for characteristics that humankind in general sees as “flaws” (size, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexuality, background – you know the deal) in a celebration of diversity & inclusion.
Feel The Love
We had the greatest pleasure of collaborating with the incredible ladies Louise, Deb & Sharon at Take Heart who voluntarily run this phenomenal organisation from which they simply & selflessly distribute crocheted hearts in random locations to remind the finders that they truly are never alone.
Each red heart is crocheted by the hands of volunteers from all over the world especially for the cause & are all attached to handwritten tags of motivation, displaying quotes such as “you are not alone”, but for this project something different was done. Something even more meaningful for this specific occasion.
Share The Love
Kayleigh & myself left 88 multi-coloured Take Heart hearts in various public places in Manchester, Salford & Greater Manchester, with special focus on the Arena, the Cathedral & St Ann’s Square where this year’s memorial was held. And each of the 88 tags attached read hopeful, motivating & inspirational Ariana lyrics.
Up until now we’ve only received two messages from those who found our hearts in memory of the 22 but reward or recognition wasn’t the reason we did this; we did this to show our respect in a quiet way, to show support for everyone touched by the attack directly or indirectly, to spread the love & remind that however tough times are or how alone you feel, there is always someone out there who cares.
Keep The Love
If you found any of our 88 hearts around Manchester this May or anywhere around the country from our friends at Take Heart, please take them home as a reminder of your inner strength & the love that is constantly surrounding you even when you don’t feel it.
Don’t Look Back In Anger & Never Forget.
Angelika & Marcin Klis | Alison Howe & Lisa Lees | Courtney Boyle & Philip Tron | Eilidh MacLeod | Elaine McIver | Jane Tweddle | John Atkinson | Kelly Brewster | Georgina Callander | Liam Curry & Chloe Rutherford | Martyn Hett | Megan Hurley | Michelle Kiss | Nell Jones | Olivia Campbell-Hardy | Saffie Rose Roussos | Sorrell Leczkowski | Wendy Fawell
Dani | Mrs Crater x
( “Don’t Look Back In Anger & Never Forget: Long Live The 22” was originally published by Mrs Dani Crater on “The Unseasoned Wag” blog)