Forever Manchester Ambassador Alison Bell, has created one of her name-chains designs for us to sell with the help of our supporters and followers.

Name-chains are themed collections of names which are cleverly researched and joined together in a crossword/scrabble-style design with Alison’s unique, hand-drawn font. The first set of name-chains were all based around the theme of Manchester: Manchester Bands, Manchester United and Manchester City.

This new design also has a Manchester theme – it depicts the city’s iconic buildings and venues from the past to the present day, integrated with an image of the Manchester Bee.

We received a fantastic response on social media for suggestions of venues and cultural buildings – following our initial shout out last September – with hundreds of names coming through. The finished artwork features over 300 names including older historical buildings such as The John Rylands Library and Salford Lads Club, as well as some modern landmarks like The Haçienda and HOME. In fact, Forever Manchester HQ happens to be based opposite one of these legendary venues, The Boardwalk where Oasis, Happy Mondays and Inspiral Carpets all cut their teeth!

This new name-chains design is available now as limited edition prints and t-shirts in our Forever Manchester online emporium. Click here to view>>>

This new artwork will also be available as part of a Forever Manchester pop-up shop on Sunday 3 March at Altrincham Market. The pop-up shop will also be selling other products from the Forever Manchester collections, including Trevor Johnson, Stan Chow, Si Scott, James Chapman, Amy Coney, as well and artwork illustrating Tony Walsh’s poem, This is the Place.