The Bee is back

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THE bee is back. The hard-working insect that was the symbol of community in the wake of the Arena attack in 2017 is taking up the mantle again – this time as we unite against the coronavirus.

Tameside Culture Team want people to help them create a huge swarm of knitted bees to highlight the importance of working together, and showing why, just like bees in their colonies, we need to look after each other and the world around us. 

Patterns for small bees are easily found or you may have your own ideas. Don't worry if you haven't any yellow or black wool, Tameside's bee community is very diverse. It comes in all shapes and colours, so use up your leftovers and let your imagination go.

To take part you need to knit, crochet or felt a bee that's two to three inches (4 to 8cm) in size. Take a picture and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tweet @tmbc_culture

Make sure you keep your bee as they will all be gathered together for a fantastic art installation later in the year highlighting community and friendship. 

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council's executive member for culture, said: "There's never been a time when working together as a community has been more important. The Tameside Culture team are creating many opportunities to make this possible and finding creative ways and innovative approaches.

"Learning a new skill, reviving an old one or just doing more of what we enjoy - it's a great chance to get out those needles."

 
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