‘Wonderwall’ of messages for Manchester attack victims

A concrete wall at Piccadilly Gardens has been turned into a colourful message board for victims of the Manchester Arena.

The messages are a show of support and are inspired by people leaving messages on subway walls in New York.

The wall has been transformed with hundreds of sticky notes paying tribute to the 22-people killed by Salman Abedi.

Designer and illustrator Emily Coxhead organised it on Facebook. She called it “a colourful happy place for people to go to and read and smile”.

She said people from across the world have sent “messages of solidarity”.

Ms Coxhead was inspired by people leaving messages on subway walls in New York after the US election.

She said the response – which has included “lots of bees” – has been “incredible and very comforting”.

Ms Coxhead thought it was such a “wonderful idea”. She added that “it helps those writing the message as well as those reading them”.

“And I think we can probably all agree that [the wall in Piccadilly Gardens] is not the most attractive feature of Manchester”.

Shannon Smillie, who was working at the Arena on the night of the attack, said:

“I didn’t know it was there but seeing it made me feel happy but also very emotional”.

“It just showed how such a beautiful thing can come out of a tragedy. And that’s what I felt from it, an overwhelming feeling of love and comfort from people I didn’t know”.

Positive messages have also been posted on the outside of a mosque in Oldham. The mosque’s door was set on fire just hours after the Manchester attack.

A group of people from across the community opposed the arson attack. They responded by covering the Jamia Qasmia Zahidia Islamic Centre with dozens of colourful messages of support.

Morgan Harper-Jones, is from the group LoveBomb which organised the response. Harper-Jones said they wanted to “spread a basic message of love and solidarity” for Muslims in Greater Manchester.

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Photo Credit: Emily Coxhead

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