The 22 people who were killed in the Manchester Arena attack, as well as those were injured or traumatised, are forever in our hearts. Nor will we ever forget the remarkable spirit shown by Manchester
Floral tributes left outside St Ann's Church are being taken inside the church and will be kept on display for as long as possible.
Floral tributes left in other parts of St Ann's Square on 22 May were left in place on the day and were carefully collected overnight the following morning and will be respectfully recycled. They will be composted and re-used in public spaces around the city. They are not being thrown away. We are endeavouring to keep messages left and add them to the archive.
None of the bereaved families brought floral tributes with them to the St Ann's Church service (following previous discussions with them about this.)
Any floral tributes left outside the Arena, Cathedral or Victoria Station are being managed by those organisations rather than the council.
Non-floral tributes (such as soft toys) left in St Ann's Square are being added to the extensive archive collection, along with an array of tributes left in 2017 in the aftermath of the attack and some of last year's tributes.
A location (between the Cathedral, Chetham's school of music and River Irwell) has been chosen for a permanent 22 May memorial to be a place to remember and a tranquil focal point for reflection. The search for a designer for this memorial was launched earlier this month.