It is significant that President Donald J. Trump designated the terrorists who bombed Manchester to be ‘losers’. His accurate assessment represented all that is cowardly and niggardly about such people. Contrast those manifest losers with all that bees signify about Manchester and immediately you see how their type is warped and wicked and wilful while bees have a beauty and power that signifies industry and positivity about a city and its people. Bees are linked to and intertwined with Manchester in so many progressive ways. They are an icon that symbolises all that is just grand about Manchester and their connection to the Industrial Revolution where the textile mills were commonly described as being a ‘hive of activity’ while the ever-busy people were compared as a compliment to ‘worker bees’. Indeed to show how Manchester is a winner city all you have to do is look at the bins and the clock face of the Palace Hotel and the mosaic floor of the Town Hall and the arches above Links. On all those faces and in all those places you will see they are adorned with free-flying bees. Over and beyond that connection, the Coat of Arms granted to Manchester in 1842 displays a honey-laden bee. Even the University crest has three bees at its centre.
Bees are the natural choice of a city and its people whose history has forged and formed our world. ‘Bee’ as a term has long been used to signify what is ‘the best’ just because it is true. The choice of Manchester to be associated with the iconic emblem of bees shows what a great team they really are: together they are winners that no losers could ever defeat.