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Rail workers to get bee tattoos in special session at Manchester Victoria station – Manchester Evening News

Posted in Tattooing on Jul 03, 2017

Rail workers are set to be inked with the worker bee symbol during a mass tattooing session taking place at Manchester Victoria station.

Many of the staff members were first on the scene after a bomb was detonated in the Arena concourse on May 22.

The worker bee became a symbol of defiance for Mancunians in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack, with hundreds of people signing up to be inked.

James Davis and his team from Alchemy tattoo studio, in Wigan, came up with the idea to raise funds for Victim Support tattooing customers with the bee design.

On Sunday, the team from Alchemy will be bringing their equipment to Manchester Victoria station and inking 30 Northern Rail workers for a final fund-raising event.

Angela Hern, Northerns head of trains and stations in Manchester, said: Many Northern staff were involved on the night of the incident at Manchester Arena and spent much of the night helping those who had been injured.

Our people also worked around the clock to ensure we kept Manchester moving and opened Victoria station as quickly as possible.

Getting a bee tattoo is our way of showing solidarity, not only with the people of Manchester, but also our friends and colleagues who worked to help those affected by the tragic events.

I will be first in line and I know there will be no shortage of people behind me.

James said: We did the first tattoos on Tuesday morning, following the attack, and within just a few hours people were queuing out the door.

We asked for a donation of 22 but weve had donations of up to 200.

Weve had a variety of people, including those who were there on the night of the attack, and many more who want to show their solidarity to the victims of this horrendous attack.

Ellen Miller, Victim Supports service director for Northern England, said: We are very grateful to receive this money, which will be used to support the victims of the attack.

One month on we are still receiving up to 14 calls a day from people who have been affected, many of those seeking support for children some as young as six.

We know from our experience of working with survivors and witnesses of terror attacks that it can take weeks, or even months, for people to come forward seeking help and the support needed is intense and long term.

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Rail workers to get bee tattoos in special session at Manchester Victoria station – Manchester Evening News

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