10 Mar 2020

The Mancunian Alphabet

At Manchester Souvenirs, we love everything that our city has to offer, and the list is endless!

Manchester is founded on the cotton industry, but over the years the Northern Powerhouse has created a culture of success for people in so many different trades from football to the arts, and everything in between!

To celebrate the identity of the everyday Manc we created the “Mancunian Alphabet” and we hope you enjoy learning what our little language really means.



Used to greet people or to describe something average.

Alright mate? How you getting on?”

“I’m alright mate, yeah.”


‘Av it!

Used in anticipation of something great.

Night out this Friday, let’s ‘av it!

“Go on then, I’m ‘aving that!

Caroline Aherne

Late comedian and BAFTA-winning writer and actress, best known for performing as a chat show host Mrs Merton, various roles in The Fast Show and as Denise in the Royle Family. Caroline grew up in Wythenshawe.


One of Manchester’s oldest traditional market towns, established in 1920 to serve a community based on agriculture. The market still exists today alongside a local food hall! Alty are also famous for having the worst football team this side of the English Channel.



A good cup of tea aka the greatest beverage on the planet and the primary fuel of the NHS.

“Fancy popping round for a brew?”

Ian Brown

Front-man of the iconic Manchester band The Stone Roses. Brown was born in Warrington and grew up in Timperley.


When you’re really excited about something that is about to happen.

“I’m buzzing to go and watch City flatten United this weekend!”


Very cold weather or Poor, skint, without money.

“It’s brassic out here”

“I can’t pay, I’m brassic.”



Clothes and personal belongings. Often used in the football community.

“Off to town to sort myself some new clobber.”


Alternate word for chewing gum.

“Give us a chuddy.”

Ian Curtis

Late lead singer of iconic post-punk band Joy Division. Tragically committed suicide in his home in Macclesfield in 1980, aged just 23. Born in Stretford before moving to Macclesfield.


See brew.

“Fancy popping round for a cuppa?”



A silly or stupid person or occurrence.

“Don’t bother asking him, the daft sod.”

“It was the daftest thing I’ve ever seen in my life”

John Dalton

Chemist, physicist and meteorologist who put Manchester on the map of the modern world with his work in atomic theory and his Law of Partial Pressures. Passed away in July 1844, aged 77.


Used to emphasise something in the same way the word very would be used.

“Did you see United getting trashed last night? 10-0, it was dead embarrassing.”


One of Manchester’s oldest roads, dating back to roman times. Home to notable landmarks like the Great Northern Warehouse, Barton Arcade and Manchester Cathedral.



Used in the same manner as “excuse me”. Shortened, colloquial abbreviation of “here you are”.

Ee-arr mate, check this out.”


Four man rock band that formed in Bury in 1997. Notable songs include: One Day Like This, Scattered Black and Whites and Grounds for Divorce.


Factory Records

Started in 1978 by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, Factory was a prominent independent record label with a roster that included Joy Division, New Order, Northside and the Happy Mondays.


To take repair or mend something.

“Taking the car in to get fettled.”

Albert Finney

Late BAFTA, Globe Globe, Emmy and Screen Actors Guild awards winning actor. Best known for his roles in Tom Jones, Scrooge, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and Gathering Storm. Born in Salford in 1936.


The Gallagher Brothers

Liam & Noel Gallagher. Founding members of Oasis and potentially Manchester’s best export to date. Potentially getting back together.


When you desperately want something, usually a cup of tea.

“I’m gaggin’ for a brew!”


Manchester suburb southeast of the city centre, home to the Iconic Gorton Monastery. Notable residents include Nicky Butt and Roger Byrne.



Used to describe something that’s generally unpleasant, such as a hangover.

“Wow, I’m hangin’ out here.”

How do?

Commonly used greeting meaning both hello and how are you?

“Hi John!”

How do love?”

Peter Hook

Singer, songwriter and record producer best known as the bassist and co-founder of bands Joy Division and New Order



Colloquialism for isn’t it. Often used in conversation when seeking confirmation or as a general filler word.

“Bloody good brew this”

“I know innit.”

River Irwell

A 63km long river which flows through the Irwell Valley in North West England, and through Manchester. It forms the boundary between Manchester and Salford and empties into the river Mersey.


St. John’s Gardens

Located in central Manchester, St John’s gardens were built on the site of the now demolished St John’s Church. Only one gravestone from the old gardens remains above the soil, and is that of John Owens, the founder of Owen’s College. The church itself was raised in 1769 and demolished in 1931 – just 162 years later!

James Prescott Joule

One of the most notable names in science. Joule’s work studying the nature of heat led to the discovery of its relationship to mechanical work, and in turn the first law of thermodynamics! The unit of heat energy Joule is named after him. He was born in Salford in 1818, and passed away in 1889 aged 71.



A classic bit of Manc slang referring to a pair of trousers, shorts or pants, normally mens but can also be used for women’s clothing.

“Aww mate I’ve just ripped mah kecks!”

Michelle Keegan

Popular TV star, known for her role as Tina McIntyre in Coronation Street as well as her more recent role as Cpl Georgie Lane in the BBC’s Our Girl. Born in Stockport Michelle Keegan is a born and bred Manc, who undoubtedly broke many a teenage boy’s heart when she married Mark Wright in 2015.

Kevin Keegan

Maybe not so much of a heartthrob as Michelle, Kevin Keegan is also an honorary Mancunian due to his efforts managing Manchester City between 2001 and 2005.


Leg it

A northern term meaning to run or escape. More often used by younger wrongdoers but also usable by the general public.

“Just grab the pack of chuddy and leg it out of the shop mate.”

“I’ll have to call you back, I’m late and I’m just going to leg it to the station.”


L.S.Lowry is one of the countries most well known artists, and he helped to create the image of the Northern Powerhouse. His paintings of industry in the Northwest are iconic and are now routinely studied in primary and secondary schools. Although his work was considered naive at the time, his works have stood the test of time and now have a gallery dedicated to them in Salford Quays.



The best city in the world. Change our minds.


Classic Manc slang, meaning good or excellent.

“I wish there could be an Oasis reunion.”

“I’m sure someone said it was happening!”

Mint no way!”


To make a fuss or moan, normally in an annoying way.

“Make sure you’ve got your coat on dear!”

“Mum stop mitherin’ me, I’m 32!”


Northern slang for loitering or walking aimlessly. Also commonly used to describe a long unpleasant journey.

“Fancy a pint mate?”

“Yeah, let’s take a mooch down the boozer.”

“Coming the shops lad?”

“Nah mate it’s a mooch away.”


Nobby Stiles MBE

A member of the 1966 World Cup winning England side, playing for 5 years and scoring 1 goal. Stiles played for the vast majority of his career at Manchester United and was renowned for his tough tackling.


The result of saying “no” with a Mancunian accent – has developed into its own word since.

Nah I’m good thanks mate.”

Nice one!

Very positive expression used throughout the North.

“Ee-aar lad I’ve got your City tickets ‘ere”

“Oh nice one! Thanks Dad!”



One of Manchester’s greatest and most iconic musical exports. Founded by the Gallagher brothers, and famous for worldwide smash hits including Wonderwall, Don’t look back in Anger and Champagne Supernova. Oasis saddened many people around the world when they split in 2009 after 18 years of playing together, and ever since there has been public outcry for a reunion. 2020 began with a hint that this might be on the horizon…


Meaning anything, this is often used to shorten sentences when asking and answering questions.

“Want owt from the shop?”

“I didn’t say owt.”

“Is there owt for dinner?”

Off you pop!

A somewhat rude way of saying goodbye, just as someone is leaving or if someone is being sent away to do something. Can be a command.



The water that is left when poor quality takeaway mushy peas are made. Everywhere else in Britain this is considered a bad thing, but in Wigan, it’s used as a condiment to go with your food like ketchup or mayo.


Manchester is very fond of its Pride march, and the entire community that surrounds it. Whereas before our city was purely industrial, we are now at the forefront of social and technological advancements. Every year thousands descend upon Manchester to celebrate their freedom, and the city responds overwhelmingly with pride flags and banners being flown wherever the eye can see.


Emiline Pankhurst was one of, if not the moving voice in the women’s suffrage movement. Born in Moss side, Pankhurst’s actions saw her imprisoned seven times, arrested at Buckingham palace and the houses of Parliament and carrying out many other militant activities. Her actions were eventually rewarded in 1918 when women were awarded the vote. Her years of hunger strikes, assaults and imprisonment had left her weakened however, and she passed away in 1928.


R Kid

Commonly used term to describe someone in either your family or close friendship group. Derived from “Our kid”, the phrase is pronounced “Aar’ Kid” and is best said with a strong Manc accent.


Simply disgusting. If something is rank it’s best you don’t go near it. Can range from sweaty socks to something rotting.

John Rylands

One of Manchester’s oldest success stories, becoming the city’s first multi-millionaire before his death in 1888 at the age of 87. Originally from St Helens, Rylands made his fortunes in the cotton industry with his brothers and father. Manchester’s central library is now named after him.




“I’ve sorted that out for you mate”

Sound cheers lad!”

“Have you met Anna yet?”

“Yeah she’s a sound boss.”


Someone nasty OR something underhand/stolen.

“I hate Mark, there’s no need for him to be so snide with the team.”

“Want one of these hoodies mate? They’re not snide or anything I just got a good deal on them.”


Swear down

Best used when asserting that something is true. Could be used in place of “I promise you”.



Used to describe the center of Manchester by those who live in the surrounding areas, despite being grammatically incorrect as Manchester is in fact a city. But it’s our town, so we don’t care.

Alan Turing

An incredible mind and one of Manchester’s greatest alumni. Best known for his work breaking the Nazi enigma code at Bletchley park during the second world war, he is also credited for the “Turing test”, which determines whether or not a machine can impersonate a human so effectively that other humans don’t recognise it as a machine. Turing was tragically convicted of being a homosexual in 1952, and died just 2 years later. The appalling treatment he received has been a major focal point for the modern gay rights movement.


A very Northern colloquialism simply meaning goodbye, very much a friendly phrase and is used in happy goodbyes.


Wind yer neck in

Shut up, calm down and go away all rolled into one. Fantastic phrase to use when someone is trying to start an argument, and can also be something of a threat. 

Tony Walsh

Born and bred in Manchester, Tony Walsh is one of Manchester’s modern wordsmiths. Having held down a variety of jobs “Longfella” became a full time poet in 2011 having performed part time for 7 years. He came to the forefront of the public eye in 2017 performing “This is the place” in the wake of the Manchester bombing.

Tony Wilson

Mr Manchester, Tony Wilson was widely praised for his work spreading the culture of Manchester. News presenter, nightclub manager, school teacher; Wilson enjoyed a complex and varied life and was a high achiever in every field he turned his hand to. Wilson unfortunately died of cancer in 2007 at the age of 57.



Finishing our Mancunian alphabet with a word you will likely hear very often in our city. The simple word “yes” but with the token Manc accent.

We hope you enjoyed our take on the Mancunian Alphabet, if you think we missed something be sure to let us know on our Twitter! If you’ve not quite had your fill of Manchester yet then click on one of our designs to find out more.

31 Jan 2020 A bar in Manchester

10 Places to go on a night out in Manchester

Manchester is an incredible city. A city that is full of life.

It may have originally been known as an industrial bee hive of hard worker, but fast forward to the 21st century and it is the second biggest city in the UK, and the sixth across the whole of Europe which is nothing short of remarkable.

The city contains many tourist attractions throughout the day which range from museums, football stadium tours, art galleries and many more. However, when the sun goes down and the night closes in, the city lights up and becomes a whole new reality.

Read More “10 Places to go on a night out in Manchester” »

6 Dec 2017

An alternative Christmas experience

If you’re looking for something a little different for the festive season head down to NOMA for an alternative Christmas treat. Winterlast, a rustic hideaway, has arrived in Sadler’s Yard to provide a warm cosy venue to get away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and the busy streets.

Winterlast has been designed and built by Open Design Studio PLANT NOMA and will be operated in collaboration with the team at The Pilcrow pub, Manchester. The wooden grotto will offer a changing seasonal food menu and esoteric Christmas drinks in a relaxed, warm and festive atmosphere.

If you love films, then you’re in for a treat! Every day between 1st – 23rd December PLANT NOMA’S brand new 40-seater HD cinema will be showing a great Christmas classic – for free! Daily film screenings start at 7pm, with family friendly screenings at 10am on Saturdays. Just turn up and enjoy! There will also be fun festive activities, competitions and special events for everyone to enjoy.

Winterlast is Manchester’s hidden gem, where things are done a little bit differently. So, if you want something a little less traditional this Christmas take a trip down there, you won’t be disappointed.

Winterlast will be open from 4pm between 1st-23rd December and is located on Sadler’s Yard, NOMA, Manchester.

30 Nov 2017

Let the festivities begin!

Greater Manchester has once again opened its doors to one of the biggest Christmas markets in the UK. Now in its 18th year Manchester’s famous Christmas market is a hugely popular destination, with over 300 stalls and chalets at 10 locations across the city.

Attracting visitors from all over the world, Manchester’s award-winning Christmas market offers an array of local, European and international arts and craft stalls, selling everything from homemade jams and chutneys, jewellery, clothing and unusual hand-crafted gifts.

Manchester’s Christmas market is a great day out, and with its bustling atmosphere and festive vibes it’s the perfect place to meet friends and family. You can experience some mouth-watering Hungarian cuisine, old-fashioned hog roast or traditional German Bratwurst. Have a skate on the ice rink, and warm up with a hot chocolate, or try a Spanish beer or some French wine.

To fully experience one of Manchester’s biggest events you can follow the market trail to each of the 10 different locations, each one is themed with its own unique character and atmosphere.

Manchester’s Christmas market is open 10am – 8pm Monday to Sunday until 20 December 2017. Entry is free.

Manchester’s Christmas market is a truly international event with a distinctly Mancunian style!

Manchester Souvenirs will have a market stall at the Piccadilly Gardens Christmas market every Sunday until Christmas, so come along and say hello and pick up a few Christmas gifts, or maybe a treat for yourself!

18 Aug 2017

We Are Manchester

Manchester Arena will reopen on Saturday 9 September with a massive benefit concert to raise money for the Manchester Memorial Fund, honouring those affected by the 22 May terror attack and welcoming live local talent back to the Arena.

We Are Manchester will feature a massive line-up of some of Manchester’s best-loved talent and world class musicians, ready to provide an unforgettable and a very emotional evening.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are set to headline the gig with other northern talent lined up includes The Courteeners, Blossoms, Rick Astley, Bugzy Malone and a DJ set from the Inspiral Carpets’ Clint Boon.

4 Aug 2017

First Street Manchester

Beyond the Railway viaduct that runs parallel to Whitworth Street West, is an area beside Medlock Street that was once home to the Gaythorn Gas Works. And now a fantastic new social and business space.

Over the years the site moved away from gas production to gas distribution. When it finally closed, the buildings were demolished leaving a brownfield site that waited decades for development. If you approach the viaduct today, you will see a sign announcing the area as First Street and you will find it hard to miss the red ceramic clad hotel (Inn Side) rising beyond the railway line.

The site is now full with the lovely artistic space called HOME with The Gasworks a real ale bar & eatery, The Liquour Store and Laundrette two fantastic independent bars and the highly anticipated restaurant due to open soon by Master Chef winner Simon Wood.

You also have Indian Tiffin Room and Pizza express with Sainsbury’s across the road. Newly opened Kettlebell completes the area and First Street has something for everybody and defiantly a space every Mancunian should visit.

22 Jun 2017

Manchester Metrolink

Manchester Metrolink is a tram system in Greater Manchester.

The system is owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and operated and maintained under contract by RATP GROUP.

In 2015–16, 34.3 million passenger journeys were made on the system.

The network consists of seven lines which radiate from Manchester City Centre to terminate at Altrincham ,Ashton Under Lyne ,Bury, East Didsbury ,Eccles , Manchester Airport and Rochdale .

Metrolink has 93 stops along 57 miles (92 km).

Making it the largest light rail system in the UK.

29 May 2017

Manchester Central

Manchester Central Convention Complex (commonly known as Manchester Central) is an exhibition and conference centre converted from the former Manchester Central railway station in Manchester , England.

Designed by Sir John Fowler, the station, the northern terminus for services to London St Pancras , was opened in July 1880 by the Cheshire lines committee.

The structure has a distinctive arched roof with a 64-metre span – the second-largest railway station roof span in the United Kingdom and was granted Grade II listed building status in 1963.

After 89 years as a railway terminus, it closed to passengers in May 1969 and became an abandoned railway station .

It was renovated as an exhibition centre formerly known as the G-MEX Centre in 1982.

From 1986 to 1995 it was Manchester’s primary music concert venue until the construction of the Manchester Arena.

The venue was refitted in 2008 to host conferences, exhibitions and is Manchester’s secondary large concert venue.

14 May 2017

Beetham Tower

Manchester’s first true skyscraper dwarfs all other structures in Manchester and, with larger developments planned for the city, hints at a vision of the future.

But is it a good thing?

Many people view it as a bold architectural statement, a visible sign of Manchester’s growth and prosperity. Others, however, see it as an eyesore, and a symptom of a new disease threatening to erupt across the UK – Tall Building Syndrome.

We present the facts about the Beetham Tower, and leave you to be the judge on Manchester’s tall storey.

Beetham facts

The Beetham Tower is 168.87 metres (554ft) tall. It is the tallest building outside London and is the highest living space in the UK.

It stands 47 storeys above the city centre. The tower was originally planned to stand at 171m (561ft) tall, but had to be changed because of local wind conditions.

To compare, Blackpool Tower is 153m tall. The CIS Tower is 118m tall. The UK’s tallest tower is Canada Tower in London’s Canary Wharf, at 778ft (237m) tall.

Built at a cost of £155m, the Beetham Tower is visible from ten counties. The topping out ceremony, marking the construction of the highest point, was held on 26 April 2006 with a display of fireworks.

The five star Hilton Hotel occupies the first 23 floors of the building, with 280 rooms available. The hotel officially opened its doors on 9 Oct 2006.

Cloud 23 bar is on the 23rd floor and offers views looking out across the city. It also features an area of glass in the floor looking down to the pavement below! The bar features Manchester-themed drinks such as the champagne cocktail Ena Sparkles.

At floor 24, the building juts out 4m from the floors below with a cantilever.

The floors above feature 219 luxury apartments – which have all been sold. Residents are said to include Manchester United and England footballer Gary Neville and X Factor winner Shayne Ward.

Contrary to common media reports, the Beetham Tower is not the tallest residential tower in the UK or Europe, not least because it is half hotel and Turning Torso in Malmo is entirely residential and taller.

It does however include the highest home in the UK. And, viewed from the side, is one of the thinnest skyscrapers in the world.

The site was formerly home to an old section of railway viaduct, which used to be the home of Bauer Millett, a luxury car dealership.

27 Apr 2017

History of the Manchester Derby

The Manchester derby refers to football matches between local rivals Manchester City and Manchester United , first contested in 1881.

Manchester City play at the Etihad Stadium, while Manchester United play at Old Trafford.

As of 26 October 2016, there have been 173 competitive meetings between the teams. United have won 72, City 50 and the remaining 51 games finished as draws.

The biggest victories have been to City who have won 6–1 on two occasions in the official league (both times in the away fixture at Old Trafford) on 23 January 1926 and 23 October 2011.

But on 14 April 1941 during a war league derby match at Maine Road, United beat City 7–1, which remains the biggest victory between the two sides overall, this result has been omitted as the official league was suspended but the derby still continued.

Both teams have won 5–0 once (City in 1955, United in 1994).

The largest attendance for a Manchester derby was 78,000 on 20 September 1947, a time when both clubs were playing at Maine Road, as Old Trafford was being repaired following damage sustained in the Second World War.

A large number of non-competitive Manchester derbies have taken place. The majority of these occurred during the Second World War, when a total of 44 matches were played between the teams.

In recent years, non-competitive matches between the teams have generally been testimonials, such as those for Paul Lake and Denis Irwin.

In 1978, for Colin Bell’s testimonial, players from City and United lined up side by side against a combined Liverpool and Everton team in a Manchester v Merseyside fixture.

Matches between non-first team sides representing the Manchester clubs also have an element of rivalry, with occasions when the reserve teams meet sometimes referred to as “mini-derbies”.

This term is also used in reference to when supporters’ offshoot clubs (Maine Road F.C. and F.C. United of Manchester) meet.

The two clubs have met twice, in the 2006–07 season, with FC United winning the inaugural match 2–1 away at Bower Fold, Stalybridge, in front of 3,181 spectators.

United also won the second game 3–0 at Gigg Lane, Bury in a game watched by 3,605. A friendly in 2009 saw Maine Road win 2–1.

F.C. United’s games against Salford City have also been referred to as a “mini Manchester derby”, especially since Salford’s takeover by the Class of ’92.

22 Apr 2017

History of Heaton Park

Between the mid 17th and the beginning of the 20th century just two families owned the Heaton estate.

It passed down through the Holland family until Elizabeth Holland, the last member of the family line, married Sir John Egerton in 1684.

In 1772 Sir Thomas Egerton built Heaton Hall as a new home for himself designed by James Wyatt. Wyatt also designed some of the other buildings around the park.

Sir Thomas also employed William Eames, to create a landscape to show off his new mansion. This was reworked in the early 19th century by John Webb.

Heaton Park remained in the Egerton family until 1902 when the 5th Earl of Wilton sold it to the Manchester Corporation for £230,000. The Corporation provided many public facilities and it quickly became a popular park.

At the end of the 20th century the park was restored in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund who were able to recreate the Eames and Webb landscape around the Hall and to restore four of the Wyatt designed listed buildings.

Heaton Park is listed Grade two on the English Heritage Register of Parks and there are nine listed structures in the park.

30 Mar 2017

Emmeline Pankhurst a leading British women’s rights activist

Pankhurst was a leading British women’s rights activist, who led the movement to win the right for women to vote.

Emmeline Goulden was born on 14 July 1858 in Manchester into a family with a tradition of radical politics. In 1879, she married Richard Pankhurst, a lawyer and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement. He was the author of the Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870 and 1882, which allowed women to keep earnings or property acquired before and after marriage. His death in 1898 was a great shock to Emmeline.

In 1889, Emmeline founded the Women’s Franchise League, which fought to allow married women to vote in local elections. In October 1903, she helped found the more militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) – an organisation that gained much notoriety for its activities and whose members were the first to be christened ‘suffragettes’. Emmeline’s daughters Christabel and Sylvia were both active in the cause. British politicians, press and public were astonished by the demonstrations, window smashing, arson and hunger strikes of the suffragettes. In 1913, WSPU member Emily Davison was killed when she threw herself under the king’s horse at the Derby as a protest at the government’s continued failure to grant women the right to vote.

Like many suffragettes, Emmeline was arrested on numerous occasions over the next few years and went on hunger strike herself, resulting in violent force-feeding. In 1913, in response to the wave of hunger strikes, the government passed what became known as the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act. Hunger striking prisoners were released until they grew strong again, and then re-arrested.

This period of militancy was ended abruptly on the outbreak of war in 1914, when Emmeline turned her energies to supporting the war effort. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave voting rights to women over 30. Emmeline died on 14 June 1928, shortly after women were granted equal voting rights with men (at 21).

10 Mar 2017

Manchester Arena

The arena was constructed as part of the city’s unsuccessful bid for the 2000 Summer Olympics . Construction cost £52 million of which £35.5m was provided by government grants and £2.5m from the European Regional Development Fund. Although built as an American style sports arena it has been more successful hosting large music events.

The arena opened in July 1995, sponsored by NYNEX CableComms as the NYNEX Arena, and was renamed the Manchester Evening News Arena in July 1998. In December 2011, the Manchester Evening News ended its thirteen-year sponsorship, and the arena was renamed the Manchester Arena in January 2012. In July 2013, in a multi-million-pound sponsorship deal by mobile phone company Phones 4u, the arena was renamed to the Phones 4u Arena,but this deal ended when Phones 4u closed, renaming the arena back to Manchester Arena, effective 14 January 2015.

On the opening night, 15,000 spectators watched Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean perform; the crowd was a record for an ice event. Attendance records were set in 1997 when 17,425 people watched Manchester Storm play Sheffield Steelers, a record for an ice hockey match in Europe. When 14,151 people watched Manchester Giants play London Leopards, it set a British record for attendance at a basketball match.

The venue attracts over a million customers each year for concerts and family shows, making it one of the world’s busiest indoor arenas, and was named “International Venue Of The Year” in 2002 in the ‘Pollstar’ awards, and was nominated in the same category in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The arena was named “Busiest Arena Venue In The World”, based on ticket sales for concerts in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 ahead of other indoor arenas including the Madison Sq Garden and Wembley Arena.

The arena was the ‘World’s Busiest Arena’ from 2001 until 2007 based on ticket sales for concerts, attracting five and a half million customers. It was voted ‘Europe’s Favourite Arena’ at the TPi Awards in 2008 by the touring companies that bring the shows to the venue.

What was your very first show or event you attended?

7 Mar 2017

Salford Lads Club

Salford Lads Club is a recreational club in the Ordsall area of Salford . The club, on the corner of St. Ignatius Walk and Coronation Street, was established in 1903 as a boys’ club but today welcomes both boys and girls and organises activities including football, snooker, table tennis , boxing training, dance, community meetings, exhibitions, kickboxing.

The club was opened on 30 January 1904 by Robert Baden Powell, who later founded the scout movement. Former members include actor Albert Finney, footballers Steve Fleet , Eddie Colman and Brian Doyle, Allan Clarke , lead singer of 1960s pop group The Hollies, and Gaham Nash, guitarist, songwriter and singer with The Hollies who went on to form Crosby Stills and Nash.

The building gained listed status in 2003 as its tiled interior is virtually unchanged with original fittings and includes a boxing ring, snooker rooms and a gym with a viewing balcony. English heritage said: “The building is thought to be the most complete example of this rare form of social provision to survive in England.” In 2007, the Manchester Evening News reported that the building, which was used for the sleeve of The Smiths? album The Queen Is dead, came third in a nationwide hunt to find the most iconic buildings in the country.

Hands up who’s had a pic outside the famous Salford Lads Club

24 Feb 2017

Alan Turing – Enigma code breaker

This statue of Alan Turing was unveiled on 23 June 2001 in Sackville Park close to the University of Manchester building on Whitworth Street and Canal Street.

Turing was a mathematician who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II with the code breakers who deciphered German naval codes including uncovering the settings for the Enigma machine. He is regarded as the father of modern computer science and it was at Manchester University in 1948 that he worked on the Manchester Mark 1, one of the world’s earliest true computers.

Turing was gay in a time when homosexuality was regarded as a criminal offence. Despite his outstanding war record and his academic achievements he was outed as a homosexual and subsequently arrested and prosecuted. This ended his career and soon after in 1954 he was found dead by his cleaner. The statue depicts Turing holding an apple because it is thought that he committed suicide by lacing an apple with cyanide.

After his death, Turing finally received the recognition he deserved. In Manchester a road was named the Alan Turing Way and a bridge on that road called the Alan Turing Bridge. In addition to this statue the new physics building at the University of Manchester has been named the Alan Turing Building.

17 Feb 2017

Manchester invented the modern world

Manchester invented the modern world, for this was the first city of the industrial revolution and its inhabitants have given society some of its greatest creations.

Listed below are just a few things Manchester is famous for and made history…

Britain’s 1st Canal – The Bridgewater 1761

Atomic Theory – 1803

Vegetarianism – 1809

First passenger railway – 1830

First submarine – 1878

Competitive Football – 1888

Rolls Royce – 1904

Splitting of the atom – 1917

First programmable computer – 1948

Graphene – 2004

Have we missed anything significant out? Please comment below or tweet us!

13 Feb 2017

Why the Bee symbol is linked with Manchester?

Ever thought about why the Bee symbol is linked with Manchester?

It’s hard to cross the street in the City Centre without seeing a bee; it’s on bollards, planters and litter bins you name it!

The bee is the symbol of Manchester and seven bees were incorporated in to the city’s Coat of Arms in 1842 at the end of the Industrial Revolution.

It is also said ?workers in the textile mills were compared to bees in their hives and the term ‘busy bee’ remains synonymous with the ideas of industriousness, perseverance, and team work to this day.

It is also know for a lot of mancs to get this ‘ worker bee ‘ tattooed as a symbol of being proud to be mancunian. Have you or a loved one been tattooed? If so make sure to send us your bee ink to our Twitter or Facebook page.

Thanks for reading!