St Ann’s Church, Manchester

Design of a “Flower Bee” in commemoration of those that died in the terrorist attack in Manchester in 2017

St Ann's Church in Manchester, England was consecrated in 1712. Although named after St Anne, it also pays tribute to the patron of the church, Ann, Lady Bland. The church became a focal point for those affected by the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in the city in 2017.


The Challenge

In May 2017, 23 people died and 139 were wounded by a terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The community came together that evening to provide shelter, medical assistance and support. Soon after, the Bee emerged as a symbol of solidarity and strength. The Worker Bee has been a symbol of the city since the Industrial Revolution. Traditionally, representing the city’s energy and sense of community. As a Manchester born and bred agency, we wanted to find a way to show support with those affected by the attack, which took place less than a mile from our office.

The Solution

The “flower bee” was created by one of our talented designers on behalf of St Ann’s Church, Manchester.

The Result

The flower bee came to the attention of a member of the Manchester Survivors Choir, when she received a card featuring the design. She requested permission to use the design on bespoke t-shirts which the choir then wore for their appearance at The Pride of Manchester Awards, broadcast on national television. The design still features on cards available from St Ann’s.

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