A love letter to Manchester from the Corn Exchange

Daniel Wren

Ahead of Valentine’s Day this Sunday (14th), Manchester’s ultimate dining destination, The Corn Exchange is to unveil a special ‘Messages from Manchester’ mural that is expected to bring positivity to residents on the international celebration of romance, add a dash of history to the city via some celebrity portraits, as well as raise money for We Love MCR.

Corn Exchange, located in Exchange Square, has partnered with local artist, Mancsy Manchester, to create a special mural of recognisable Mancunian faces, helping to send messages of love from the city as well as to celebrate a number of local famous faces which we’ve fallen in love with throughout history.

The mural will be unveiled next door to Salvis restaurant and features a variety of inspiring messages including ‘be honest and kind’, ‘be true to who you are’ and ‘keep buzzing’; all guaranteed to bring a smile to resident’s faces.

The eclectic group of faces featured on the mural were carefully chosen following a social media poll which asked followers to suggest their Manchester heroes. A vast list of inspiring people was proffered and Mancsy selected a group of well-known faces – some who have featured in his work before.

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Those selected span time but reveal something special about the character of the industrious and creative hive that is Manchester, from codebreakers and campaigners to comics and creatives, including Emmeline Pankhurst, James Joules, Les Dawson, Tony Wilson, Alan Turing, Rowetta, Caroline Aherne and Foo Foo Lamar.

Commenting on the Messages from Manchester mural, Mancsy Manchester said: “I was thrilled to be asked by The Corn Exchange to be involved with this Valentine’s Day project and I’m very excited to be helping the residents of Manchester beat the lockdown blues and bring some positivity to the city.

“I really wanted to convey in my art the history of Manchester, showcasing the people that made it great, as well as give people hope that the city will soon be buzzing again soon with little motivational quotes.”

As well as a digital landing page on the Corn Exchange website where people can donate to the We Love MCR charity, the mural will also feature a QR code that passers-by or those using the mural for an Instagram-moment can scan to donate.

The Corn Exchange choose to support We Love MCR due to the support it offers local causes throughout Manchester’s communities, as well as its sheer determination to keep our city thriving!

Liam Mooney, General Manager at Corn Exchange Manchester, said: “In previous years, the Corn Exchange has been filled with couples enjoying romantic meals on Valentine’s Day. With lockdown making things very different this year, we wanted to celebrate by showing our love for Manchester with our very own love letter to the city and its amazing residents throughout history.

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“That’s why we partnered with an iconic local based artist to create a mural that can inspire and delight city residents during their daily walks or while they run essential errands. We can’t wait to see the reaction on social media and hope to raise some funds to support the amazing work of We Love MCR in the process too.”

The Corn Exchange on Exchange Square is home to an exciting and eclectic mix of mouth-watering restaurants, offering a fusion of flavours from around the globe. So, if you’re heading out for a stroll this Valentine’s weekend, make sure to visit the site to view the new mural – and don’t forget to take a quick snap and share it on social media.

Italian favourites including Vapiano and Gino D’Acampo My Restaurant are both open for takeaway orders, and the Salvi’s Deli is also open for people to buy delicious Italian produce and coffee. So you can savour some delicious flavours once you’re home from soaking up the latest addition to the city’s vibrant street art scene.

For more information on how to donate to We Love MCR visit: https://cornexchangemanchester.co.uk/love-letter-manchester/

About Daniel Wren

Vada Magazine staff writer. Interested in travel, news, politics and dating.