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SMITHS TOUR MOVED TO SUN 8 JULY ON ACCOUNT OF THE MOZZA GIGS

Calling all Smiths/Morrissey fans, we have moved the date for our next Smiths’ Manchester walking tour to Sunday 8 July at 11.30am to accommodate those of you going to the Moz gigs at the Castlefield Bowl.

This is the only Smiths tour which goes the whole way: no shying away from the tricky stories…and we play music.
See you at the Manchester Visitor Centre for an 11.30am start on Sunday 8 July.
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UNCOMFORTABLE ART * UNCOMFORTABLE HISTORY

Ed Glinert of New Manchester Walks is launching a new campaign to start protesting against the prominence of the wrong people on the streets of Manchester. It’s time to make the prominent art and statuary in Manchester more reflective of the city’s history of protest and civil rights. In this most left-wing of cities we have more statues of Tories than socialists; more colonialists than progressives.
The campaign begins with a new tour (please book with eventbrite), Uncomfortable Art, Uncomfortable History on Sunday 12 August at noon from the Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Gardens. The tour has been devised by Ed Glinert who has spent 35 years combating injustice in his hard-hitting journalism for City Life and Private Eye, and in books for Penguin, HarperCollins and Random House.

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THE MANCHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL FRINGE

Here’s a much-needed new venture: The Manchester Literature Festival Fringe. We will be celebrating the literature of Manchester and beyond all year round.

Our first event will be a tour this summer of Emily Bronte’s Haworth on Saturday 28 July to mark the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth, followed by a tour of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester on Sunday 29 July.

In October there will be a full showcase of tours.

The Manchester Literature Festival Fringe is the brainchild of Ed Glinert, much-published author with Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House and Bloomsbury.
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MIDLAND HOTEL – NEW TOUR, NEW RESEARCH. THAT’S WHY YOU’RE COMING WITH US!

We host an original, highly-entertaining and absurdly amusing tour of Manchester’s most famous hotel (after sumptuous refreshments…optional) one Sunday a month and some Monday lunchtimes.

We will tell you the real story about 4 May 1904, the date when Rolls and Royce are believed to have met in the Midland Hotel and decided to go into business together. What a great event in Manchester history. Well, Ed Glinert, Penguin author and prolific Manchester tour guide, has now done some serious research into this story and come up with some startling twists.

This is just one of the reasons why our Midland Hotel tours sell out fast.

So come with us to hear enlightening and expertly researched anecdotes about Winston Churchill, John Barbirolli, Michael Collins, Alex Ferguson, Albert Tatlock, the King of Afghanistan, George Best, Johnny Cash, Michael Collins, Van Morrison, Theresa May…

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• Book a private tour for your group! We catered for 60 very happy ladies from Wilmslow U3A recently.
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THE PANKHURSTS: THIS YEAR WE MARK THE CENTENARY OF WOMEN GAINING THE VOTE…TOURS AND HARD-HITTING ARTICLE

Here at last is the article you’ve been waiting for about the centenary anniversary of the royal assent being granted to a bill to allow women to vote. This is because we at New Manchester Walks have been singularly unimpressed with the poor standard of articles in the local and national press about this most important topic. Even the Sunday Telegraph managed to bore its readers with their anodyne piece. And as for the Manchester media, they all missed the key points…
Most of the tours sell out quickly but we are adding dates to meet demand.
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BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR WITH THE EXPERT AND FRIENDLIEST GUIDES

Calling all Probus/U3A/W.I. groups, works outfits, social societies: book a private tour with New Manchester Walks, an umbrella group of official, trained Blue Badge and Green Badge tour guides. We have created a unique and ambitious programme of tours in and around Manchester.

We have taken thousands around the city in recent years on Peterloo, Pankhursts, Pre-Raphaelite, Castlefield, Ancoats, Town Hall, Salford Quays tours, just to name a few.

We also venture to Knutsford, Macclesfield, Haworth, Hebden Bridge and Liverpool.

We pride ourselves on tours that go that bit further with trenchant analysis, witty anecdotes and original research. You thought that Rolls and Royce met at the Midland Hotel? Hear the real story on our Midland Hotel tour? Think again. You thought that the pillar box on Corporation Street is the one that survived the 1996 IRA bomb? Think again, and in the meantime we look forward to meeting you.
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UNDERGROUND MANCHESTER RETURNS…at last!

New Manchester Walks is delighted to announce the long-awaited return of underground Manchester!

Yes, we will be descending beneath the city streets again on a scintillating subterranean sensationally funny but damned serious new tour: “Underground Manchester: Don’t Mention the War!”

All details of what we’re going to do, where, when and how you can book (only on eventbrite) will be available very soon on our website and Facebook. Tours will probably begin end March.

Until then, beware Nazis in the air, 5th columnists God knows where, GIs on the streets, take refuge in the shelters down below, don’t worry about the nukes, stay calm, don’t panic!
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MANCHESTER TOWN HALL: NOW CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN BUY ED GLINERT’S BOOK

That’s it folks. No more Town Hall for six years but to remember the great days, dramatic architecture, action-packed events, you will soon be able to buy Ed Glinert’s Town Hall book: Manchester Town Hall: 140 Glorious Years. Available soon from all good book shops – and some shops that aren’t that good.
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