“Spirit of Manchester” statue to arrive in Wigan

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An award recognising how Greater Manchester came together in response to the tragic Manchester Arena attack will be coming to Wigan as part of a region-wide tour.

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.

Residents and visitors are invited to attend the unveiling at Wigan Library where they can find out more about the award and what it means for Greater Manchester.

The item of remembrance will be in the library for three weeks from Monday 30th September to Monday 21st October.

Once it has completed its tour of Greater Manchester libraries the statue will remain at Manchester Art Gallery, before taking permanent residence at Manchester Town Hall which reopens to the public in 2024.

 Leader of Wigan Council, Cllr David Molyneux said: “The events in May 2017 at Manchester Arena will live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons but this statue reflects the amazing strength and resilience shown by Greater Manchester in the wake of this attack on our freedom.

“The night affected so many people including families within Wigan Borough so the statue represents a token of remembrance for all those affected.

“I would encourage all our residents to visit Wigan Library whenever they have the chance and pay their respects to the 22 people who sadly lost their lives.”