It’s an iconic Manchester emblem – what’s the story behind it? The bee isn’t the only creature that is a Manchester icon. The other is the dove. Throughout the 1980s and 90s doves used to appear all over the city, on street signs, on buses and posters, accompanied by the legend: “Working for a nuclear free city.” In the noughties, the bird of peace had all but disappeared from the city’s public spaces – but it has now made a reappearance in the Northern Quarter, on t-shirts and jumpers. The story behind it is one of classic Manchester defiance – and intrigue. Behind it lies the story of a top secret, underground town, and fear of apocalypse at the height of the Cold War. On November 5, 1980 Manchester became the world’s nuclear free city – placing itself at the forefront of the campaign to ban atomic weapons.
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