Those who wishing to pay their respects in St Ann’s Square to the victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack are being advised that this (Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June) may be the last weekend they are in place.The square has been transformed by a sea of flowers; written messages of love, condolence and defiance in the face of extremism and other tributes.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The sight of St Ann’s Square transformed into a moving tribute to those killed or injured in the Manchester Arena attack, and a demonstration of Manchester’s spirit and refusal to give in to hatred, will never be forgotten by anyone who was witnessed it. The square has become a focal point of the city’s reflection and grief.
“We have been doing all we can to keep the site in fitting condition and maintain floral and other tributes. However, it has always been recognised that by their very nature – especially the sea of floral tributes – there will naturally come a point when they need to be respectfully relocated.
“That point is coming closer and although no timescale has yet been fixed, we want to ensure people who want to visit the tributes in St Ann’s Square have the chance to do so while they are still in place. We will be keeping in touch with the families of those lost in the attack via their police family liaison officers as arrangements are made and will keep and record elements of this temporary memorial for posterity. While no decision has yet been taken on a permanent memorial, I am sure the people of Manchester will want one and we will make sure their wishes and those of the families are reflected.”