The I Love MCR campaign instigated by our civic pride after the Manchester riots culminates tomorrow in the I Love MCR day. Who’s coming along to show their support?
With over 11,500 people now showing their support for the campaign on Facebook, and the I Love MCR logo proudly displayed in homes, businesses and on t-shirts around the city, the campaign’s been more successful than anybody could have imagined. And here at Forever Manchester we’re doubly thrilled, because some of the proceeds from I Love MCR t-shirt sales will be coming straight to us, to help us in our work of making the city that you love even greater.
Tomorrow will see Exchange Square become the focus of the I Love MCR day activity, with live performances taking place on a specially constructed stage from 4pm – 6pm. Performances performances will include one by the Reclaim group, who’ll be performing their Manchester song, and a local steel band.
Afternoon tea treats will be provided by the wonderful Hey Little Cupcake and their mini ‘I Love MCR’ cupcakes and scones, while Clippy’s Apples will be providing the jam and Charbrew Tea providing the refreshments.
A mass ‘tweet up’ has been arranged for 5.30pm, when people will be asked to tweet their messages of love for the city using the hashtag #ILoveMCR to help put our city on the global trending map.
Other organisations that have announced their support for ‘We Love MCR day’ include: Frog & Bucket – which has pulled together a special Manchester comedy line-up; Bruntwood – which is dressing many of its buildings (as well as their staff) with ‘I Love MCR’ branding; Manchester City and Manchester United – who have both worn ‘I Love MCR’ T-shirts in training; and Manchester Pride – who will be handing out ‘I Love MCR’ flags during the Manchester Pride Parade on Saturday.
Andrew Stokes, chief executive of Marketing Manchester, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the city’s response to the campaign. Mancunians are rightly proud of their city and ‘We Love MCR day’ will be our way to show the rest of the UK and the wider-world what real Mancunians are made of.”
Forever Manchester will be down at Exchange Square tomorrow in the thick of the action, taking pictures to appear on this blog. So if you see us, give us a wave!