After a year of restrictions, the city of Manchester will host a family festival this weekend - 14 and 15 August - from 1 to 6pm each day. The ‘thank you’ weekend will pay tribute to the sacrifices people have made during the pandemic and thank everyone for their resilience.
The city centre squares will spring to life with free activities, music and street theatre. Numbers will be managed to enable social distancing and keep visitors feeling safe.
The opening event in St Ann’s Square will include NHS staff, social care workers, health support staff and volunteers who have been invited as special guests.Other areas hosting activities include Piccadilly Gardens, Cathedral Gardens, St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square.
Manchester City councillor, Pat Karney, chairman of Thank You Manchester weekender, said: "The past year has been one like no other. We have been tried and tested through lockdowns and restrictions, but what has always shone out is the resilience of Manchester.
“This weekend is for everyone in the city to say a huge thank you for supporting each other – and looking after themselves – during this last year, and to thousands of heroes who have kept our city moving and our incredible NHS staff.
“Manchester can put on a party like no other and we want people to come into town and be part of the magic. The attractions will be spread out across the city – helping people to keep their distance.
“Look out for the Manchester Love Letters in St Ann’s Square – write your message to those who have helped you. Say 'thank you Manchester' while enjoying the fabulous entertainment on offer.”
Find out more at: www.welcomebackmanchester.com/thankyouBack