Manchester attack: New homes for tribute teddies

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Soft toys left in tribute to Manchester Attack victimsImage source, Manchester City Council
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About 1,900 soft toys were washed and repaired before being rehomed by a number of charities

Hundreds of teddies left as tributes to the Manchester Arena attack victims have been given new homes.

About 1,900 soft toys were left in the city's St Ann's Square after the 22 May bomb attack.

The toys were washed and repaired by "an army of Women's Institute members" before being distributed by a number of charities, a council spokesman said.

Councillor Sue Murphy said moving them on was an opportunity to "look towards the future".

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Tributes left after the Manchester attack are moved from St Ann's Square

The attack saw 22 people killed and hundreds more injured when a homemade device was detonated in the foyer of Manchester Arena following a concert.

Alongside the toys, thousands of other mementoes were left in the square.

Image source, Manchester City Council
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Hundreds of bee-related items were left, as the Manchester bee became a symbol of defiance
  • Almost 300,000 bouquets of flowers were composted, with a handful pressed, and the written tributes on them were archived
  • About 600 pot plants were planted around the city, given to residential care homes or planted in Wythenshawe Park
  • Over 100 balloons were deflated and their messages recorded
  • About 1,000 other items, including Manchester Run medals, bee-related objects and knitted or sewn tributes, remain in storage

Ms Murphy said "absolutely no-one could have failed to have been moved" by the tributes, adding: "whilst we will never forget what has happened, it's important we also start to look towards the future".

"Moving on this huge family of teddies... for other children now to enjoy and to cherish is a big part of this," she said.

Image source, Reuters
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Thousands of tributes were left in St Ann's Square after the Manchester Arena attack