Torkington Park rainbow sculpture takes on extra significance for Stockport's key workers

Sculpture was installed in 2018 but following support for coronavirus key workers it has become a prominent tribute

Torkington Park rainbow sculpture takes on extra significance for Stockport's key workers

A rainbow sculpture installed in Torkington Park two years ago has taken on an extra significance as Stockport comes together to #spreadtherainbow and support the borough’s key workers.

Youngsters across the town have been busy creating and drawing rainbows to display in their windows or on pavements outside their homes to show their admiration to the work being carried out to tackle the coronavirus.

However, one rainbow sculpture in a Stockport park has been highlighted as a poignant marker in the fight against the virus.

The rainbow in Torkington Park, close to the playground, was designed by one of the council’s engineers and manufactured and installed by a Stockport firm in 2018.

In a bid to improve the area further, a planting area was developed that was created and designed by a member of Stockport’s Neighbourhood team, in conjunction with Friends of Torkington Park.

The Friends group helped to plant the site in 2019 and a further round of planting was carried out earlier this year, which also included a message asking children not to climb on the sculpture.

Cllr Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said: “The rainbow sculpture in Torkington Park has always looked fantastic and has had a great visual impact – but it has now taken on another meaning as we show our support to the borough’s keyworkers in their efforts to combat the significant risk posed by the coronavirus.

“We would love to share and see other rainbows created by Stopfordians, so please send them in to our team.

“Remember Stockport – we’re in this together.”

Please post your rainbow photos using #spreadtherainbow and #StockportInThisTogether and tag in @stockportmbc on Instagram and Twitter.