Corrie legends open the world-famous Manchester Christmas Markets

Corrie Legends Les Dennis and Connor McIntyre were on hand to officially open this year’s Christmas Markets ahead of their appearance as the ugly sisters in the city’s panto production of Cinderella at the Opera House in Manchester

Each year millions of visitors flock to the city for the festive attraction that spreads across the city centre squares with hundreds of market stalls selling mouth-watering food and drink, and a huge selection of gift ideas to help tick off that Christmas shopping list.

Manchester’s transformation in to the UK’s Christmas capital is Celebrating 19 consecutive years in the city, traders from across the North West and Europe return to host  much-loved favourites to the Christmas Markets this year – includes the ground-breaking Yorkshire pudding burrito – who will be joined by an exciting roster of new foodie delights and craft traders.

Albert Square is the traditional hub of the Manchester Christmas Markets and will see an impressive injection of gastronomic re-invention, from the brand new Amsterdam Frites stall, boasting 30 different toppings and sauces over their triple cooked fries, to Zouk – a traditional curry house with two new curries every day, along with a range of veggie and vegan options.

The sweet toothed visitor will be spoilt for choice with first time trader Zara Cakes putting cupcakes to the top of the menu, and a desert stall of pure imagination as Charlotte and the Chocolate Factory load topping after topping onto fresh, warm brownies.

For the social media obsessives, St Anne’s Square welcomes the Birdie photo booth – a vintage VW Campervan where visitors can get free print outs of their snaps, which will also be automatically shared to Twitter using #MCRChristmas. Last year, Manchester was the most Instagrammed Christmas Market in Europe and this is your chance to be part of the celebration.

A new Bubble Waffle bar will continue the sweet treats on St Ann’s Square and traditional British favourites will be on the menu with Ginger Vikings Deserts on Market Street – think Christmas puds and trifles.

New Cathedral Street welcomes a visitor favourite café in the making, as Bar No3 arrives outside Harvey Nichols. Taking inspiration from modern ski-lodge architecture, Bar No3 will be purveyors of the finer things in life, including espresso martinis and honey cream infused gin cocktails amongst a variety of other offerings.

King Street is known for its more relaxed atmosphere and fine food, and new trader Eat Grk will bring a taste of the Mediterranean to Manchester with warming gyros and halloumi fries.

Another key hub, Exchange Square hosts an eclectic range of food stalls from authentic Italian pizza and arancini to Elsie May’s Brownies and her shimmering Rose Gold Prosecco. the traditional favourites – bratwurst and mulled wine – will be available in abundance nestled alongside some of the best pop-up and street food vendors the city has to offer.

Cathedral Gardens will reprise its role as the family-friendly area of the Christmas Markets where younger visitors can escape the crowds and enjoy some free festive activities.

The festive family area at Cathedral Gardens will be completely reimagined this year as the UK’s first dedicated ice attraction comes to Manchester.

The Ice Village Manchester is a breath-taking snowy experience, complete with Ice Cavern, ice sculptures and frozen ice bar – all carved using 250 tonnes of solid ice.

Heaton Park’s “A Place to Potter” will also be in Cathedral Gardens for the first time, inviting youngsters to paint a pot (or Santa) in a specially built marquee attraction. A Place to Potter is completely free, but visitors can book ahead. Details to book your slot will be available soon.

Long-time Christmas Market favourites will also make their expected appearance. The limited edition Christmas Market mugs are back with a brand new design (get yours quick, before the run out) and the undisputed king of Christmas in Manchester – the giant Santa – will take up his usual perch in front of town hall.

As always the Giant Santa will be taking to twitter to provide his sometimes peculiar take on the city’s festivities. Follow him @MCRSanta.

Follow all the Christmas conversation using #MCRChristmas

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Take a look at our video at the opening of the Christmas Markets

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New attraction at the Manchester Markets – The Ice Village

Corrie Legends Les Dennis and Connor McIntyre Opened this years Christmas Markets as well as The Ice Village attraction which is brand new to Manchester this year featuring 250 tonnes of hand carved ice sculptures, ice bars, Santa’s grotto and an ice rink – the Ice Village has something for all the family.

Set against a backdrop of snow-covered trees and twinkling lights, there is lots to see and do at the Ice Village. Wrap up warm and visit the Christmas elves hard at work in the Ice Cavern or see Santa in his Grotto. There’s plenty to enjoy for both children and adults and the Arctic Bar is the perfect place to indulge in a festive drink or two. Enjoy arctic games, find a range of unique gifts for loved ones and grab a bite to eat or drink at the traditional Christmas market stalls. You can also get your skates on and practice your moves on the Ice Rink. Our immersive ice experience is a guaranteed great day out for the whole family.

Ice Village Manchester is open daily from 11am to 9pm,  9th November 2018 to 5th January 2019. The Village is fully wheelchair accessible with the exception of the woodland area. A range of food and drink will be available on site. Please note, no food is allowed inside the Ice Cavern or Santa’s Grotto.

The Ice Village are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing day and New Year’s Day.

Get your tickets now for the Ice Village, Santa’s Grotto and the Ice Rink:

Here’s a little taster of inside the village


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Have a happy Halloween and stay safe with Treacle

Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, and other organisations, have joined forces in the Treacle campaign to help Halloween and bonfire night revellers have fun and stay safe.

Advice about organising safe ‘trick or treating’, plus information about firework and bonfire safety and the law regarding fireworks, along with educational display materials, are all available on the following website:

Here are some tips from the website on staying safe and having fun, under the heading, ‘Halloween Safety Advice.’

Halloween can be a lot of fun for children and young people, but it can also be distressing and intimidating for some residents. If you are going ‘trick or treating’ please respect and consider others and follow these top tips to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time:


  • Go alone – ‘trick or treating’ is more fun and safer if you go in a small group with friends and family.
  • Go into houses – stay on the doorstep where the responsible adult can see you.
  • Play pranks that may damage property – this could result in arrest and a criminal record.
  • Demand money or intimidate people – Halloween can be a night that some residents dread, so be respectful and polite.
  • Don’t throw eggs or flour – it’s classed as a criminal offence and you will be arrested!


  • Look out for Treacle posters – These will let you know whether ‘trick or treaters’ are welcome at a house or aren’t.
  • Take extra care crossing roads – more accidents happen to children in the dark.
  • Go with an adult – get a responsible adult to go with your group to help in case you have any problems.
  • Dress to be seen – wear light, reflective clothes or carry a lamp or torch so that drivers and your responsible adult can see you.
  • Respect people’s rights – be polite, don’t go out too late, ring or knock only once, and be prepared to take ‘no’ for an answer.


For more information on Halloween and Bonfire night safety, including links to organised fireworks displays go to

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‘Let it Be’ Manchester Opera House 22nd October 2018 – Opening night

Reviewer Ian Robert Hills Wythenshawe FM 97.

Just down the road 55 years ago the Beatles made their first TV appearance at Granada TV Studios to record two performances for ‘Scene at 6.30’ on Wednesday 14 August 1963. They performed ‘Twist and Shout’ and ‘She Loves You’.

‘Beatlemania’ is still alive and kicking with the audience’s reaction to ‘Let it Be’ at the Opera House in Manchester. The audience was singing, clapping and dancing from the start as the cast sang 40 of the Beatles greatest hits.

The show opens with four old-style TV sets showing films and adverts from the 1960s to set the scene and the mood.

The curtain rises on the Cavern Club, where it all started for the Beatles, and we move on to the Royal Variety Performance in 1963 where the Beatles played such hits as ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Twist and Shout’ and where John Lennon famously said: For our last number, I’d like to ask your help; the people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands and the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewellery.”  That did not stop the Queen from making them Members of the Order of the British Empire in 1965.

We follow the Fab Four on their first US tour in 1964 and hear more of their greatest hits. We move swiftly through the live gig era which ended for the Beatles in 1966 and we then find ourselves in 1967 with Sergeant Pepper and the cast wearing the iconic uniforms as they play songs from the legendary album.

Act Two was an imaginary reunion concert held on John Lennon’s 40th Birthday on October 9th 1980. We had more of the Beatles greatest hits, including ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Here Comes the Sun’.

I thought it was a brilliant concept to see stage performances of their later songs which were only performed in the studio. We also get to hear solo songs from Paul McCartney (Emanuele Angeletti), George Harrison (John Brosnan), John Lennon (Michael Gagliano) and Ringo Starr (Ben Cullingworth) who showcased their singing and musicianship, not forgetting, on keyboards, Musical Director, Michael Bramwell. It was FAB.

Combining the sets with back projection, including some original footage, lighting, sound and costumes take you from the 1960s through to the 1980 brilliantly.

This is as near as you will ever get to a Beatles concert. If you are, like me, a child of the sixties, it will take you back when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends.

‘Let it Be’ is on at the Manchester Opera House until Saturday 27th October.

To buy tickets, go to or phone the Box Office O844 871 7615.

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‘Mr Metrolink’ wins special accolade for lifetime service


TfGM Chair Councillor Andrew Fender with 100th tram

Andrew Fender, Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) ex-Chair, has been given the Judges’ Special Award at the Global Light Rail Awards.

Only bestowed at the judges’ discretion, the award is given to individuals and organisations that have made a significant difference to a city, region or the wider light rail industry.

Andrew Fender received the award for being one of the main advocates and driving forces behind Greater Manchester’s Metrolink, the UK’s largest light rail network. The award recognised his commitment and dedication which helped develop Metrolink from a single 31km line between Altrincham and Bury in 1992 to today’s 97km network that carries 42 million passengers each year.

Andrew Fender served as a Manchester councillor between 1977 and 2018 and was the Chair of TfGM from 2011 to 2018. He also chaired the Rail Study Group which initially developed the ambitious plans for Metrolink.

Daniel Vaughan, TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, said: “It’s no surprise that Andrew is known as ‘Mr Metrolink’. From its inception and delivery, to its development and expansion Andrew was there every step of the way, tirelessly advocating, persuading and negotiating.

‘Our trams are now an essential part of tens of thousands of people’s daily lives and they’ve helped ensure residents across our city-region can benefit from Greater Manchester’s continued growth. A large part of this is down to Andrew’s tenacity, vision and passion and this award is a welcome recognition of a career dedicated to delivering the public good of public transport.’

Alongside the Judges’ Special Award, TfGM and MPact Thales (MPT) were highly commended in the Best Environmental & Sustainability Initiative and Technical Innovation of the Year categories for their joint utilities and traffic management work on the Metrolink Trafford Park Line (TPL) extension.

KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM), the company that operates Metrolink, was highly commended in the Outstanding Engineering Category for its gigabit ethernet (GBE) resilience project to improve the network’s IT resilience.




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‘Manon’ English National Ballet – Manchester Opera House 17th October 2018

Reviewer Ian Robert Hills WFM 97.2

The English National Ballet ‘Manon’ danced its way to Manchester Opera House on UK tour

Sixty world-class dancers performed alongside a full orchestra in one of the most acclaimed story ballets, created in Britain by Kenneth MacMillan with music by Jules Massenet.

The story of Manon is as romantic and intense as Romeo and Juliet. Manon is a young woman living in 18th-century France who has been promised as a mistress to an older gentleman. When she falls in love with a penniless student, she is faced with a stark choice. Cue a tale of love, decadence, and greed.

[Picture: Joseph Caley and Alina Cojocaru in Manon – by Laurent-Liotardo]

This is a truly spectacular ballet, full of fire and passion. The final duet between the two lovers is one of the most heart-breaking things you’ll see on stage this year.

In the opening scene in Paris, set in the courtyard of an inn, we are immediately drawn to the differences in the classes. The locals are dishevelled and dirty, dressed in rags, and this is in stark contrast to the gentry and aristocrats who are getting drunk on champagne and living in grand style, wearing rich, expensive, heavy, embroidered outfits. This portrayal made me think no wonder the French had a revolution and guillotined their monarchy and aristocracy.

At one point a wagon full of prostitutes is dragged across the stage – a fate awaiting Manon. We move next to Madame’s gaming and whore house where Manon persuades her young lover to cheat Monsieur GM at cards to run away with his money.

Manon ends up being deported as a prostitute to the French colonies and she is followed by her lover. They escape into the swamps, where she dies in her lover’s arms, with only the use of dry ice to create the illusion of a swamp.

The dancing was not only exciting but beautiful to watch. The two lovers, Manon  (Alina Cojocaru) and Des Grieux (Joseph Caley), were perfectly matched. English National Ballet dancers are some of the finest in the world and a joy to watch.

This is only the second time in 30 years that ‘Manon’ has been performed in Manchester.

The combination of beautiful sets, costumes, lighting, the orchestra and sixty dancers offered a once in a lifetime experience for the audience.

English National Ballet, ‘Manon’, is now on UK tour. For more information about this production go to:

For information about performances at Manchester Opera House and to book tickets go to:

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Funding to support 1,200 extra Greater Manchester Apprenticeships

MORE than 1,200 apprenticeships could be created through funding targeted by the Greater Manchester regional authority to help smaller businesses and to support priority sectors such as digital and health and social care.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) will be using almost £4 million of funding available after three schemes (the Youth Contract Expansion, Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Grant for Employers and Greater Manchester City Deal) came in under budget to support the creation of apprenticeships in the city-region.

It will also be used to build on the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham’s ambition to create a UCAS-style application process to support young people to make informed career choices about all routes, including apprenticeships. 

The Small-to-Medium Enterprise (SME) Apprenticeships Support Package will help smaller employers that have yet to engage with apprenticeships and require an incentive and support to do so.

The scheme will work with at least 1,500 employers to create at least 700 new apprenticeship opportunities by using levy transfers, grants and workforce planning advice to remove barriers.

 The funding will also be used to support apprenticeships and skills growth in priority areas, such as digital, health and social care, finance and construction to create a minimum of 500 high quality apprenticeship opportunities.

The GMCA says it will facilitate partnerships in these priority sectors between employers and apprenticeship and skills providers to create a pipeline of talent that meets employer needs.

An element of the funding will be used to expand the work of BridgeGM, which links businesses to schools to give young people a high quality interaction with the world of work and help them gain valuable careers’ education.

This links with the development of the UCAS-style system, which will make technical education such as apprentices more accessible and improve their perception.

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council and GMCA lead for Education and Skills, said: “We are determined here in Greater Manchester to make sure our young people are equipped for life and also that there are good jobs available for people to progress and develop, and we can’t achieve either of these goals without apprenticeships.

 “It is not just about apprenticeships though, it is about the right apprenticeships for the right people and this is why these programmes are so important. Around 80 per cent of apprenticeship opportunities in Greater Manchester are with small-to-medium enterprises and we need to work with these employers to give people the best chance to start or develop their career.’’


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Rock of Ages, Opera House, Manchester 25th – 29th September

American Airlines AA1980 LAX- Los Angeles to MAN-Manchester has landed at the Opera House with the musical Rock of Ages.

Review by Ian Robert Hills, Wythenshawe FM 97.2, 25th September 2018.

Here we go again – the smash hit musical is back in the UK.

Rock of Ages is an LA love story lavished with over 25 classic rock anthems. It’s a musical which invites you to lose yourself in a city and a time where the dreams are as big as the hair and, yes, they can come true.

Starring Kevin Kennedy as ‘Dennis’, Zoe Birkett as ‘Justice’, Danielle Hope as ‘Sherrie’, Luke Walsh as ‘Drew’, Lucas Rush as ‘Lonny’, Andrew Carthy as ‘Franz’, Vas Constanti as ‘Hertz’ and Rhiannon Chesterman as ‘Regina,’ this hilarious musical comedy will have you singing and laughing along with its epic songs, including ‘We Built This City’, ‘The Final Countdown’, ‘Here I Go Again’, ‘Can’t Fight this Feeling’ and ‘I Want to Know What Love Is,’ played loud and proud by an awesome live band.

We arrive at the The Bourbon Room on Sunset Boulevard in 1984 which is based on clubs like the Starwood, the Viper, the Whisky A Go Go and the Rainbow Bar and Grill. The Rainbow became well known as a hangout for rock musicians and their groupies. Motörhead frontman Lemmy was a regular visitor.

The musical tells the age-old story of boy meets girl, loses the girl and finds the girl again. Here our hero Drew (Luke Walsh) is eking out a living in the The Bourbon Room club and dreaming of being a rock star. He falls for Sherrie (Danielle Hope), newly arrived from Kansas in search of stardom herself, but she has a fling with the narcissistic lead singer of rock giants Arsenal, Stacee Jaxx (Sam Ferriday). The romance is dead before it begins.

Club owner, Dennis Dupree, (Kevin Kennedy) faces his own fight as ruthless German developer, Hertz Klineman, (Vas Constanti), is hindered by his son Franz (Andrew Carthy) as he seeks to demolish the Strip and replace it with a shopping mall.

The plot is simply a vehicle for hit after hit, with narrator Lonny (Lucas Rush) holding it all together brilliantly with cheeky charm.

Classic rock songs, like ‘We Built this City’ and ‘Don’t Stop Believing,’ are belted out brilliantly by the cast, with some given light-hearted treatment; Sherrie (Danielle Hope) and Justice (Zoe Birkett) duetting on ‘Harden My Heart’ was especially well done.

Throw in the rock chicks, California backdrops, and some enjoyable tongue-in-cheek dance routines, and you have over two hours of frolicsome fun. Not to be missed.

Rock of Ages is on tour. For information about where to catch the musical in other parts of the UK go to the website:



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Early Doors by Craig Cash and Phil Mealey Lowry Theatre

Lowry Theatre, Salford, 4th September 2018  

Review by Ian Hills, Wythenshawe FM 97.2

Early Doors, based in a Stockport pub, showing at the Lowry Theatre, is a night of good humour and laughter.

A BBC 2 sitcom from 15 years ago with a cult following, turned into a stage show, would seem a risky business but, with writers Craig Cash (the co-writer along with Caroline Aherne of ‘The Royle Family’ fame) and Phil Mealey at the helm, they have recreated The Grapes Pub, where the TV show was based, filled it with many of the original characters, and written an updated, two-hour live version.

The action of the 12 BBC 2 televised episodes from 2003-2004, where the lives of characterful regulars of The Grapes revolved around landlord, Ken, and his live-in mother and daughter, who rarely left the bar, was considered at the time to be well above your average sitcom.

Transferring from a TV sitcom series to a live stage production and retaining its early reputation was certainly achieved with fine performances from the cast who stayed true to the original TV series. They most certainly did. It was a wonderful, warm, feel-good celebration of the characters which stayed true to the original but never took itself too seriously.

Like the TV show, the story revolved around Ken, played with mastery by John Henshaw, and, like the TV show, the script sparkled with great one-liners and belly-laughs, so well written and timed to perfection, that the audience hardly had time to recover before being hit with another funny line.

From the moment Ken (the wonderful John Henshaw) opened the doors, on what was a clever, multi-layered version of the pub designed by Liz Ashcroft, to Roddy Frame’s ‘Small World’ TV theme tune, the audience knew they were in for a treat as each well-known character was warmly recognised. When the two ‘bent coppers,’ Phil and Nige, played by James Quinn and Peter Wight, walked on, the show’s catchwords, ‘crime won’t crack itself and evidence is the new buzzword, Ken,’ were fondly repeated by the cult followers in the audience.

It would not be fair to single out any performance, but Lisa Millett was brilliant as Debbie; Craig Cash and Phil Mealey were spot-on as Joe and Duffy, and the barbed banter between cleaner, Winnie (Joan Kempson) and Ken’s mum, Jean (Judith Barker) was very funny.

Also noteworthy was Nick Birkinshaw, as Tommy who suffers from IBS (Irritable b****r syndrome) as the resident misery old guy sat in the corner. Eddie and Joan soundalikes, Freddie and June (Neil Hurst and Vicky Binns) and Ken’s daughter, Mel (Laura Woodward) all contributed, as did Ken’s love-interest, Tanya, played with appropriate annoyance at Ken’s romantic shortcomings by Susan Cookson.

Without giving too much away, Ken’s daughter, Mel, sets up a meeting between Ken and Tanya in the pub which leads to a musical finale which was a joy to watch and earned a well-deserved standing ovation.

Even if, like this reviewer, you have not seen the TV series, go to see this. It is heart-warming, full of fun, and you will ache from laughing. Trebles all round to the Regiment.

The show will soon move from the 466-seat Quays theatre into the 1,730-seat Lyric theatre next door.

Early Doors runs until Saturday 22 September at The Lowry Theatre in Salford.
For tickets phone: 0843 208 6000 or b
ook online at:

There will  be a performance at Manchester Arena on Thursday, 4th October 2018.



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Cilla the Musical, Lyric Theatre, Lowry Theatre Salford

Review by Ian Hills Wythenshawe FM 97.2

1960’s Liverpool music history sails along the Manchester Ship Canal and docks at the Lowry Theatre, Salford Quays.

CILLA – THE MUSICAL is the new spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically-acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta Award winner, Jeff Pope. It tells the extraordinary story of the teenage girl from Liverpool whose dreams of stardom lead to her becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.

It’s an introduction by a young John Lennon to music mogul Brian Epstein that changes Priscilla White’s life forever. By the age of just 25 she would be known as singer and TV Star Cilla Black, a Number One selling artist at the forefront of the 1960s British music scene.

 The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie, Something Tells Me, Twist and Shout by the Beatles, California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and The Papas and many more.

Set in arches of the Cavern Club, Liverpool, we meet Cilla (Kara Lily Haworth), The Beatles, The Big Three and Gerry and the Pacemakers with Brian Epstein, Andrew Lance, Bobby Willis, Carl Au and the rest of the cast to tell Cilla’s story “The girl from Scotty Road.”

Kara Lily Hayworth was discovered in open auditions from over 2,000 hopefuls. Robert Willis, Cilla’s son and Executive Producer, chose her at the final audition in the real Cavern Club in Liverpool. She brings the tenacity, confidence and superb vocals from being a classically-trained singer to the stage. Her performance is not just an impersonation but her own interpretation of Cilla’s songs; Cilla’s warmth and presence comes through.

Gary McCann’s set is a collection of theatre stages, TV and recording studios and domestic interiors, contained by a series of brick proscenium arches found in the original Cavern Club. This is where we meet Cilla’s friends, Mum and Dad, George Martin and Burt Bacharach.

Scott Alder’s rousing musical direction keeps the hits coming and, even before the finale, it has the audience on its feet, joining in with the singing and dancing.

This show is a must-see for Cilla Black fans and 60s music lovers.

CILLA – THE MUSICAL is at the Lowry Theatre Salford until Saturday 1st September and then on UK tour.

Tickets are available from The Lowry Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ.    

Phone: 0843 208 6000 or go to the website




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WFM 97.2 celebrating as the radio station bags a supermarket clean sweep

Volunteers at WFM 97.2 would like to say a big thank you to residents of M22 and M23, and beyond, who have supported Wythenshawe’s community radio station in recent supermarket tokens’ appeals and bag packing fundraising events.

Shoppers at Tesco Extra in Baguley, Tesco Metro in Northenden, Asda, and its satellite outlets, responded to the usual tokens’ appeals and Tesco Bags of Help and Asda’s Community Awards have come to the rescue of the radio station which needs over £10,000 to refurbish ageing studio equipment gifted to the station back in 1998.

Customers at Tesco awarded WFM second place in their token drops in the box, for a magnificent award of £2000!  Asda customers at Civic voted the station into first place and an award of £500.

WFM fundraising spokesman and Bigger Breakfast presenter, Mike George said: ‘‘In the 10 or more years I have been at the station, and having worked in the communities of Wythenshawe for more than 20 years, at Sharston Youth Club initially, then Rackhouse Community Education, and finally the Birtles Adult Education Centre before retiring in 2007, I have always believed that you always get back what you put in. We, as volunteers, give our all, and these recent supermarket awards by the people are a demonstration of the support we have from the residents of M22 and M23.

‘‘Words fail me on just how generous people in Wythenshawe can be – here are two words – THANK YOU!”

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Guided walk explores 1,000 years of Northenden history on Sunday 26th August

Local people are invited to join the fun of the Northenden Boat race and then take part in a guided walk exploring 1,000 years of Northenden history.

Starting at 3pm on Sunday 26th August, the walk sets off from the wall post-box at St. Wilfrid’s Church, opposite Cromwell Cottage on Ford Lane.

Guide, Stephen Evans, will share his local knowledge and talk about:

  • Grisly events at Bradley Gate, 1902 and the Victorian post box’s dark secret
  • How Northenden linked two ancient kingdoms
  • Historic Kenworthy Lane – myths, legends and superstitions
  • Two Edwardian schools
  • Northenden’s booming tourist industry
  • Ravenswood Terrace and the Peterloo Massacre, 1819
  • A Headmaster’s heartbreak – Charles Royle and the First World War
  • Why some street names changed after 1931
  • Long-forgotten trades, professions and pastimes.

The walk forms a circuit and will last approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. The route is accessible to all and wheelchair/buggy/pram friendly. Foldable cane seats are available on request. The walk will be at a moderate pace with plenty of opportunities to stop, listen and ask the guide questions.

On the day, a suggested £5 contribution (per adult) for the Christie Charitable Fund and local projects will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.For further information contact Stephen Evans on 07549789747 or


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Hello, hello, hello….to new Museum Curator

There has been an arresting development at the Greater Manchester Police Museum in Manchester city centre.

Katie Henderson has copped the top job and joined the GMP Museum to lead it as the new curator. The museum is currently one of the top rated attractions in Manchester on TripAdvisor and more than 17,000 people visit the GMP Museum every year.

With more than 10 years’ experience of working in museums in the North West, Katie now wants to bring even more people into the GMP Museum based in Newton Street in Manchester City Centre.

Katie said: “This is an amazing place to visit and I am lucky to be able to come here every day for work. I love the varied nature of the Museum work which is about people and their stories across Greater Manchester.

“In my new role I really want to open up our collection to as many people as possible and to bring people closer to the police. I want to make this a place where people walk in and say ‘wow’.”

Katie, who lives in Chorley, has a degree in Classical Studies and has worked at the Museum of Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ Trust.

GMP Museum is on Newton Street, Manchester and is open 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (doors close at 3pm) every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays. Bookings for private visits and research can be made for Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (term time).

(Pic: New GMP Museum Curator Katie Henderson)



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Panel to support Greater Manchester’s night-time economy adviser unveiled

Greater Manchester’s first ever night-time economy adviser, Sacha Lord, has unveiled a panel of leading figures from across the city-region to support his work in improving Greater Manchester’s nightlife and night-time economy.

The night-time economy is deemed to run from 6pm and 6am. Around 414,000 people in the city-region work in jobs or businesses that are significantly active at night, comprising around 33 per cent of the Greater Manchester workforce.

Following Sacha Lord’s appointment as night-time economy adviser last month, he has been tasked with advising the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on all issues relating to the night-time economy, providing a voice for workers, operators and the industry as a whole.

Representatives from the LGBT Foundation, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), Live Nation and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are some of the panellists who will be working towards making night-time Greater Manchester a world-leading place to live, work, or visit.

Greater Manchester’s night-time economy adviser, Sacha Lord, said: “I’m delighted to reveal the panel of experts I have enlisted to work alongside me in championing and improving Greater Manchester’s thriving nightlife. These individuals have a wealth of knowledge in the night-time economy and will support the Mayor and me in developing and diversifying Greater Manchester’s night-time offering.’’

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said the panel, ‘‘will play a vital role in shaping the future of the night-time economy and making Greater Manchester a safer, stronger, more vibrant place to live, work and visit.

“We have the ambition to be a top European, 24-hour city-region in line with New York, Amsterdam and Berlin. We need to ensure that we provide the solutions that are needed and make sure people can get around the city-region in a safe and accessible way.

“I want to see new life flowing into our towns and building a buzz in all of the proud boroughs of Greater Manchester, and that starts with a thriving and welcoming night-life with an international reputation.”

Earlier this month Sacha Lord hosted a listening event with night-time economy workers to hear about issues they face and suggestions for improvements. Another listening event is planned for September.

The night-time economy panel will compromise of:

Sacha Lord – Greater Manchester Night Time Economy Adviser and Chair

Paul Latham – COO, Live Nation

Christine Cort – MD, Manchester International Festival

Jessica White – LGBT Foundation, Community Safety

Jon Drape – The Loop/Global Radio

Felicity Tulloch – Kuits Solicitors

Kemoy Walker – Community Guardian/Youth Worker Moss Side/Hulme

Gemma Gore – Indigo PR

Angela Stone – Best Bar None, Altrincham

Sarah Walters – journalist, Ex City Life (MEN)

Kim O’Brien – Head of Operations, Warehouse Project and Parklife

Debra Civic – Security Industries Association

Cllr Tamoor Tariq – Bury Council

Manchester City Council representative

Cherie Buttle / Chris Hill – Greater Manchester Police

Bob Morris, Chief Operating Officer – Transport for Greater Manchester

Colin Kelsey, Head of Urgent and Emergency Care Transition & EPRR – GM Health and Social Care Partnership

Patrick McFadden – Sector Manager for Greater Manchester – North West Ambulance Service