Tomorrow Manchester will host ‘We Love MCR’ day, a city wide event that will, in the mist of the past month’s darker times, celebrate the people of Manchester’s love for their city.
The official event, which is in conjunction with the ‘I Love MCR’ campaign set up to restore civic pride after the riots, will take place at Exchange Square from 4pm and will feature live music and street theatre.
Local businesses Hey Little Cupcake and Clippy’s Apples will be providing refreshments, including I Love MCR cupcakes and jam and scones.
The ‘I Love MCR’ campaign was set up in the mist of the Manchester riots earlier this month to encourage Manchester residents and business owners to stand up against anti-social behaviour in the city and has so far attracted nearly 13000 followers on Facebook.
Councillor Pat Karney of Manchester City Council said: "We've been bowled over by the sheer numbers of people who have been willing to shout from the rooftops that they love Manchester.
“But we aren't really surprised as all Mancunians will always stand up and say how proud they are of their city.”
Organisers are encouraging Mancunians to show their support by displaying ‘I Love MCR’ posters in their homes and businesses and wearing the ‘I Love MCR’ t-shirts that have been available to buy across the city over the past few weeks.
Mancunians who can’t make it on the day can still lend their support by using Twitter to Tweet with the hash tag #ILoveMCR in an attempt to get Manchester trending globally.
On the day Afflecks will be unveiling a recreation of the iconic ‘On the sixth day God create MANchester’ mosaic, by Manc mosaicist Mark Kennedy.
As well as this, they will host to a range of entertainment including musicians, poets and buskers, as well as offering discounts and special offers at some of its stores.
General Manager, Tony Martin said: “We’re fully supporting this event, I really think it’s going to have some impact.
We were lucky to escape the riots with no damage what-so-ever, despite the disruption being so close.
“I think Friday’s event will certainly raise the spirits of the people of Manchester and be good for the community.”
Other businesses showing their support include Co-op who will tonight unveil a 56-metre-high ‘I Love MCR’ banner on the CIS tower. As well as this, beating hearts will be projected onto Urbis and Piccadilly Tower.
Chief executive of Marketing Manchester, Andrew Stokes said: "We have been overwhelmed by the city's response to the campaign.
“Mancunians are rightly proud of their city and 'We Love MCR day' will be our way to show the rest of the UK and the wider-world what real Mancunians are made of."
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