The 'bee' monument made from guns and knives visits Crewe - where to see it

Manchester Anti-Violence Bee Monument -Credit:Pete Stonier
Manchester Anti-Violence Bee Monument -Credit:Pete Stonier

An anti-violence monument that's made completely from recovered weapons - including knives and guns - will be on show in Crewe this month. The 'Manchester Bee' monument is on display in Memorial Square until Thursday, May 30.

Crewe Town Council says hosting the monument "represents the town’s continued zero tolerance towards violence and aggression of any kind". It adds: "And it is hoped that the presence of the monument and the accompanying programme will inspire social change, not only in Crewe, but also in surrounding areas."

The presence of the bee this month comes after the town last year hosted the iconic Knife Angel - another anti-violence monument that's made up of 100,000 seized knives and blades taken from the streets of Britain. It resulted in 140 knives being handed in from Crewe and the surrounding areas.

The anti-violence bee was made by British Ironworks from thousands of weapons that were collected from the streets of Manchester as part of Greater Manchester Police’s ‘Forever Amnesty’.

The town council added: "The worker bee is an important symbol, signifying workers and people power. It inspires the idea that together we are stronger and can achieve incredible goals as a society.

"We hope that the bold design of the bee, paired with the important symbolism of the bee itself, will invoke education, communication, and discussion within Crewe to promote the anti-violence campaign."

For more information about the events taking place during the bee's time in Crewe click here.

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