The Bury College community came together to mark the first anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack.

Students and staff from across the college raised £500 for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund Charity during an action packed community event. The afternoon involved live music performed by Music and Performing Arts students which included renditions of Don’t Look Back in Anger, One Last Time, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Where is the Love.

Tracey Hall, Bury College Student Services Mentor and one of the key organisers of the event said of the day’s activities, “I can’t describe how happy I am to see how well this has all come together and to see the sense of community spirit and pride. The whole college community has come forward to create something amazing.”

Catering students prepared bee cupcakes for the day and Hairdressing and Beauty students provided bee face painting and temporary tattoos. The Student Action Group united to recite the ‘This is the Place’ poem which was also printed and displayed in social areas across the college. During the run-up to the event bee badges were also sold to staff and students.

Students on the Learning for Work programme created 22 pebble bees which were hidden by staff and found by learners. Elsewhere on campus, four remembrance trees were made by Joinery students and painted by Foundation Studies learners and students were invited to leave messages.

Bury College Student Governor and A Level student Natan Chromik, who was one of the students to recite the poem, said of the event, “I think it is brilliant to see the college integrated as one and for us to stand together and show solidarity. The way we have all come together has been amazing.”

Sonny Shoker, Bury College Music Facilitator, added, “I am really happy with the outcome of today’s event and that the college has shown a lot of unity. It has been great to see the students getting involved and those who took part showed a great deal of professionalism and passion and really worked hard to make it such a special event.”

Counselling teams were also on hand to provide support and self-help and coping strategies.

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