I love MCR events held in reaction to Manchester riots

September 7, 2011 by  

City-wide celebrations were held over the bank holiday weekend to help put the pride back into Manchester following the riots and looting that hit the city back in early August.

Manchester city centre and its surrounding areas were targeted by rioters and looters on the back of the London riots on 9th August. The council and local organisations have now encouraged the people of Manchester to come together and celebrate their city as a place to be proud of. Nick Massey, from an organisation called Forever Manchester, spoke to the BBC saying:

“We want to make sure it is the local people who are doing amazing things to improve where we live, to give people positive things to do, that are the ones that are recognised and supported moving forward.”

A number of events took place throughout the city, including concerts performed by Pixie Lott and The Sugababes, a party in Exchange Square and social media activity in the form of a ‘Tweet up’ on Twitter. Promotional material was also produced throughout the city and its surrounding areas, using service like t-shirt printing, badge making and banner printing.

Even Altrincham, Salford and residents and businesses of the Greater Manchester area got with the celebrations in the wake of the riots. The leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, said:

“Manchester won’t take this lying down and won’t let the actions of a small minority of yobs cast a lasting shadow over our fantastic city.”