Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nic's Painting to Mark Anniversary of IRA Blast Finds New Home in Town Hall

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Nic's Painting to Mark Anniversary of IRA Blast Finds New Home in Town Hall

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AN artist has created a striking image of Manchester 20 years after the IRA bomb.

Nic Stacey, 29, painted the piece to commemorate two decades since the city was devastated.

He has now presented the work of art - titled There is a Light That Never Goes Out - to his friend and Lord Mayor of Manchester Carl Austin-Behan, who will hang the painting in his office at the town hall.

The impressive piece depicts the city centre just hours after the bomb exploded and shows a lone firefighter assessing the scene. Nic, who works as a hairdresser at La Belle in Cheadle, said: "It's an important moment in the history of Manchester so I wanted to paint something to mark the anniversary.

"The painting looks down Cross Street towards the Royal Exchange and you can see Marks and Spencer on the right. …

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