Well it’s been a long time coming but we’re very happy to show you guys the revised MRM logo with the famous loveable Manchester Bee just in time for #MRM7!
We’ve been wanting to tweak it for a while now but since we needed banners and shirts and passes and such things printed for the event, now was the time to get on with it so we can future proof ourselves. WHY bother you ask? Well, when we made the logo back at the start we took the Lancashire rose from the original Manchester crest along with the red backdrop and yellow stripes (that symbolise the three rivers through Manchester). But not long after, we realised, the more you grow to love the city the more you spot the Manchester Bee everywhere, and while the Lancashire rose is the county Manchester was built on, the link ends there, Greater Manchester is it’s own area now so the rose grew to mean less over time.
The worker bee however (also on the original crest) has always been a beloved symbol and in the last few years it’s really taken over, you’ll see it on bins, bollards, mosaics, clocks, drinks, the town hall, signs and many shops. It was the victorian symbol of industry which of course is Manchester’s biggest claim to fame, being the birth place of the worldwide industrial revolution and as many would argue the modern world. It’s an ancient symbol of cooperation as bees only thrive as a community, they’re productive, they all play an equal part, they defend each other, and with the climate as it is and bees becoming at risk yet such a vital part of the ecosystem it’s no wonder Mancunians have all rallied around their favourite of the cities symbols. So here it is! The core team had quite the vote on it, there were some versions with cotton flowers too (another of the cities symbols) but they didn’t make the cut so we’ve all landed on this version and we all love the bee, well, all except one of us who hates bees and thought they looked like flies but he’s been thrown in a sleepsack in the cupboard til he comes round. We hope you like, you’ll be seeing it round over the weekend and if you’re a visitor keep your eyes peeled, once you’re aware of it you see them all over the place! Be a bee!