'Spirit of Manchester' statue comes to Eccles Library

23rd October 2019

An award presented to the people of Greater Manchester in recognition of their response to the Manchester Arena attack is now on display at Eccles Library. The town's library will host the statue as part of a tour of libraries across the region.

The Spirit of Manchester statue was bestowed upon Greater Manchester at the first ever Pride of Manchester Awards on 8 May 2019, as a symbol of the region's strength, courage and resolve following the tragic events of 22 May 2017.

The statue was given to the entire region as a special award, after judges received hundreds of nominations for the 'Pride of Manchester' award and found it impossible to select a single winner.

After spending time on display at libraries in each of the ten Greater Manchester boroughs, the statue will end its tour at Manchester Art Gallery, where it will remain on view until it takes up permanent residence at Manchester Town Hall, which reopens to the public in 2024.

Councillor Stephen Coen, Executive Support for Culture and Leisure, Salford City Council, said:

"The way the people of Greater Manchester came together in the face of the most appalling tragedy was incredible and humbling. They showed that hate will never win and that the love and pride we share for our wonderful city region is strong. It's an honour to have the statue in Eccles and show our solidarity with our sister city,"

Members of the public will be able to view the statue on display at Eccles Library from 21 October until 8 November.

The Spirit of Manchester statue has already been on display at the following venues:

  • Oldham (Oldham Central Library from 8 - 9 July, Royton Library from 22 - 27 July)
  • Rochdale Central Library: From 29 July
  • Bury (Radcliffe Library): From 19 August
  • Bolton Central Library: From 9  September
  • Wigan Library: From 30 September

It will be on display at the following libraries in the future:

  • Trafford (Sale Library): From 11 November
  • Stockport Central Library: From 2 December
  • Manchester Central Library: From 23 December
  • Tameside (Ashton Library): From 13 January 2020
  • Manchester Art Gallery: From 3 February 2020

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