Diocese of Manchester

    Chaplain blesses new plane

    Airport Chaplain, The Revd George Lane, was asked to bless a new EasyJet plane that has been busy taking holidaymakers to warmer climes over the summer holidays.

    George, who coordinates a team of chaplains at Manchester Airport, is used to supporting staff and travellers, but it’s not every day that he is asked to bless a 40-tonne aircraft.

    EasyJet named the plane ‘Spirit of Manchester’ in solidarity with the city after the Manchester Arena attack, and in recognition of the city’s response to the tragedy.

    The inscription ‘Spirit of Manchester’ is emblazoned across the plane’s nose and the design also features a worker bee - a symbol of Manchester’s industrial past. The Manchester bee also reflects strength and Mancunian pride after the May 22 atrocity.

    A cheque for £123,000 was donated to the ‘We Love Manchester’ fund to support families affected by the attack. The sum included donations from passengers and the airline.

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