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Plans submitted for 'historic' new National Trans Monument in Manchester park to replace memorial following fire damage

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A new National Trans Monument has been proposed for the former site of the UK’s first trans memorial, which was destroyed following a fire two years ago.

The memorial tree in Sackville Gardens, within Manchester’s Gay Village, was left ‘irreparably damaged’ by a fire during Manchester Pride 2022.

The Sycamore tree, which had been part of the gardens for eight years, had been specifically carved as a memorial and was decorated with plaques of trans people who had passed away.

Sparkle, the national transgender charity, has now unveiled plans to replace the sculpture with a new ‘Passing on Light’ design that symbolises the strength and spirit of the trans community and gender diverse people. READ MORE: Jessie J and Eurovision winner Loreen to headline Manchester Pride 2024’s Gay Village Party Made from polished metal, which will subtly mirror visitors, the gardens and the city, the new monument comprises a series of figures which offer moments of contemplation and reflection.

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