30th October 2020

Manchester welcomes Bradford solidarity bike riders

WHAT: A group of around 100 cyclists from Bradford taking part in a ‘unity and respect’ bike from the Yorkshire city to show support and solidarity with Manchester after the Arena terror attack – and raising money for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund – will be met by city leaders at Manchester Town Hall. The ride has been organised by Rifaqat Ali, a community co-ordinator at Bradford Council and will cycle via Halifax, Todmorden and Rochdale before arriving in Manchester.

WHO: Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Eddy Newman, joined by Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and a delegation including other Manchester city councillors will welcome the riders to Manchester. The Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Abid Hussain will present a letter of Civic greetings on behalf of the people of the district to the Lord Mayor of Manchester. A book of condolence from Bradford Cathedral will also be presented to Cllr Newman.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Abid Hussain, will give a civic send off to the cyclists and support vehicles when they set off from the City Park, Bradford at 9am. The cyclists will pedal through Halifax, Todmorden and Rochdale before arriving in Manchester at around 4.15pm.

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