Manchester City Council

Last chance for you to help name We Love MCR's new mascot

The We Love MCR Charity is buzzing about the addition of their new mascot but needs your help in choosing its name.

The new mascot, a friendly bee, was unveiled at the end of July by Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Carl Austin-Behan at the Wythenshawe Games.

Time is running out to submit your entry to the competition to choose a name for the bee before entries close at midday on Wednesday 31 August.

The We Love MCR Charity has chosen a bee to mirror Manchester’s iconic worker bee symbol. The worker bee represents the height of industrial activity in Manchester during the 19th century Industrial Revolution. In 1842, the Borough of Manchester was granted the crest of arms including seven bees, reflecting the hard working Mancunians who contributed to the city's movement during this time.

The new bee mascot will be leaving its hive this weekend and will be celebrating with Mancunians as it joins Manchester City Council’s entry to the Pride Parade on Saturday.

Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Carl Austin-Behan said: “I believe the We Love MCR charity deserves greater recognition for the fantastic work it undertakes in supporting deserving local causes, and what better way to create a real buzz around the charity’s many excellent achievements than with our new mascot.

“Our friendly, fluffy bee is instantly recognisable as Mancunian. The bee is a symbol synonymous with the city of Manchester and the ideas of industriousness, perseverance, and community. These qualities all reflect the tireless community initiatives across Manchester which donations to the We Love MCR charity help to support."

“While our mascot is clearly a Mancunian bee, sadly as yet, it doesn’t have a name. The bee will represent the people who make up the communities of Manchester so it will be fitting to allow Mancunians the opportunity to help choose a name for our mascot. I look forward to reading the imaginative ideas suggested by the people of Manchester and meeting the competition winner and three friends who will be invited for afternoon tea in the Lord Mayor's Suite in the town hall.’’

Chris Bird, Fundraising Chairman of the We Love MCR Charity, said: ‘‘A bee was the perfect fit for We Love MCR and a great representation of the hard work the charity does for the people of Manchester. We’re looking forward to introducing our new mascot in our up and coming events and initiatives.’’

To enter the We Love MCR Charity competition, send your best bee names along with your full name and contact number to welovemcrcharity@manchester.gov.uk or follow the hashtag #welovemcrbee. The winner will win a VIP tour of Manchester Town Hall and afternoon tea with three friends, the Lord Mayor of Manchester and the bee. The winning name for the mascot will be announced on Wednesday 31st August. 

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