Rowetta 'in tears' after seeing Manchester Flower Festival display dedicated to her

Rowetta said she burst into tears after visiting the floral installation of her at the Manchester Flower Festival
-Credit: (Image: Jason Lock)


Manchester music legend Rowetta said she burst into tears after first seeing an floral installation inspired by her for the first time.

The ‘Queen Bee Rowetta’ installation is one of ten designs created for this year’s Manchester Flower Festival. Celebrating Manchester’s icons, the creations can be found across the city centre and also include homages to the likes of Caroline Aherne and Girls Aloud.

The floral installation of Rowetta, who is a member of the Happy Mondays, has been created by florist Adi Thomas and is situated within the Royal Exchange Manchester shopping corridor. There is also a design recognising The Haçienda nightclub on King Street.

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The Rowetta design also pays homage to the classic Haçienda colours of yellow and black, and the singer said it was an important moment for her. "I was in tears when I saw it,” Rowetta explained. “It’s great to see a black girl from Manchester being recognised like this.”

She added of its significance: “The dress is really similar to the dress I wore at Glastonbury when I opened the Pyramid Stage with Hacienda Classical. I wore that as a tribute to the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena attack in May 2017 so the whole idea of this is just really beautiful, especially given the timing."

Rowetta with florist Adi Thomas, who created the installation
Rowetta with florist Adi Thomas, who created the installation -Credit:Jason Lock

Rowetta was also honoured earlier this year with a huge mural in south Manchester. Visiting the mural after it was created by artists Ethan Lemon and Rob Fenton in February, she said she felt completely ‘honoured’ by the artwork and was emotional after seeing it for the first time.

The Manchester singer also celebrated a number one album at the start of year, having featured on Shed Seven's latest record A Matter of Time. It was also recently announced that she will be performing a live DJ slot with Bez at OAK FEST, which is held at Oak Hill Park in Hyndburn in Accrington, this summer.

Posting on social media about the flower festival's design, Rowetta added: "Just been to the Royal Exchange Arcade to visit' Queen Bee Rowetta' by Royal Exchange Flowers as part of @MCRFlowerFest & she is even more stunning in real life.

Rowetta said it was 'great to see a black girl from Manchester being recognised like this'
Rowetta said it was 'great to see a black girl from Manchester being recognised like this' -Credit:Jason Lock

"I had to hold back the tears. Seriously blew my mind. The whole concept is beautiful. Blown away."

The Manchester Flower Festival has been running throughout the bank holiday weekend with free events and activities, as well as a host of food and drinks stalls and outdoor entertainment.

Real Housewives of Cheshire star Lauren Simon was also amongst other famous faces to take part in the festival after she handed out bouquets of flowers in the Printworks venue whilst dressed in a custom-made floral outfit.