Mancunians given chance to write message of thanks to key workers

A giant 3D sign has been unveiled in Manchester, allowing anyone to write a permanent message of thanks to medics and key workers for their efforts during the pandemic.

Spelling out the city's name, the "Love Letters" will be open for the public to pen their gratitude on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August.

Messages can left on virtually every surface of the 3D letters.

Many of the first messages left were lengthy and moving. One, written by "Alex," described being "proud of every nurse." Another thanked "all involved" in battling the virus and expressed sorrow at the loss of so many lives.

When the letters are covered they will be preserved and moved to a permanent home in the city's Albert Square.

Anyone is allowed to write their thanks, which will be preserved for the future.

The display is part of a street festival offering thanks to those who have worked in healthcare and other key roles since March last year.

Several city centre squares will come to life with activities, music and street theatre, while paying tribute to the sacrifices people have made.

What's on and where?

Piccadilly Gardens: Look out for animal-tastic visitors, including a ginormous chicken and bright pink flamingos.  

St Ann’s Square: Love letters, live music and a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance outside St Ann’s Church on Sunday at 12.30pm.

Cathedral Gardens: Be surrounded by large-scale butterflies, circus acts and street theatre.  

St Peter’s Square: A giant vegetable patch will be next to the tram tracks with crafts.

Exchange Square: Hat juggling, spinning plates and moustachioed waiters.

More information about the Thank You Manchester festival can be found here.