The people of Manchester held a candle-lit procession and vigil in Sackville Gardens on Tuesday 1 December to mark World Aids Day.
Beginning at 6:45pm and led by Greater Manchester’s Interim Mayor and Police Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, the event was to raise awareness of the disease, remember those who have died from it and highlight the need for early diagnosis.
Speaking to all attendees was Deputy Lord Mayor Carl Austin, as well people with experiences of HIV.
The event was put together by the Manchester World AIDS Day Partnership, which is made up of: Manchester City Council, NHS, George House Trust, Brook Manchester, BHA, Fresh and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Carl Austin said: “The World AIDS Day procession offers all of us a chance to remember those we have lost to the virus, celebrate their lives and also to encourage people to find out their HIV status”.
Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd added: “HIV and AIDS has devastated lives in Manchester and it’s right that we should take time on World AIDS Day to reflect on those who have been lost, but also look positively towards the future”.
The event began at Sackville Gardens by the Beacon of Hope, the national AIDS memorial, and then made its way through the Gay Village, before heading back to the Gardens where a candle lit vigil was held in remembrance of those who have lost their lives from the fatal virus.
TNT News Ramazani Mwamba