Tony Walsh gifts This Is The Place poem to the people of Manchester

(Originally published on XS Manchester, January 5, 2018) Tony Walsh is gifting his now legendary poem, ‘This Is The Place’, to the people of Manchester. The poem, initially written for the Forever Manchester charity in 2013, became a symbol of pride for a defiant city following the Manchester Arena terror attack in May. Read at …

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XS ONES TO WATCH 2018

(Originally published on XS Manchester, December 27, 2017) Manchester has long been synonymous with producing legendary bands and artists. A city that can't help but nurture emerging musical talent, here are our ones to watch in 2018. The Orielles The Orielles, made up of sisters Esmé and Sidonie Hand-Halford and Henry Carlyle Wade, were recently …

Spirit of Manchester’s rave culture remembered in online audio map

(Originally published on Quays News, December 15, 2017) THE Lapsed Clubber project seeks to give Mancunians the opportunity to indulge in memories from the heights of rave culture. A group in Manchester are producing an online interactive audio map of the city, documenting the public’s memories of the rave and clubbing scene which was prominent …

Third person charged with murder in Walkden blaze in which four children died

(Originally published on Quays News, 14 December, 2017) A third person has been charged in connection with the house fire in Walkden on Monday in which four children died. David Worrall, 25, of Worsley Avenue, Worsley, has been charged with four counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of arson with …

Peter Kay cancels tour due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’

(Originally published on Quays News, December 13, 2017) Peter Kay has cancelled his upcoming UK tour due to ‘unforeseen family circumstances’. In an official statement posted on Twitter, the stand-up comedian said: “Due to unforeseen family circumstances, I am having to cancel all of my upcoming work projects.”. This will include the Bolton favourite’s upcoming …

Festive revellers urged to stay safe around city’s waterways

(Originally published on Quays News, December 12, 2017) FESTIVE party-goers in Manchester are being urged to stay safe around the city’s waterways this holiday season. ‘Don’t Drink and Drown’ is a campaign led by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), and it is hoped it will help save lives over this Christmas and New Year. …

Tributes pour in to children killed in Salford house fire

(Originally published on Quays News, December 11, 2o17) Tributes have been paid to a teenager and her younger brother and sister who died in a house fire in Worsley. Demi Pearson, 14,  is believed to have attended Harrop Fold School in Little Hulton, the setting of the recent Educating Manchester series. She was one of …

Secrets of All Saints Park revealed in two-day conference

(Originally published on Quays News, December 8, 2017) Popular Manchester student spot All Saints Park is opening its gates to expose its dark past to visitors. The gardens, located just off Oxford Road, are a student favourite, with many spending summer days preparing for exams on the lawn. However, this year’s ‘Encountering Corpses’ symposium has …