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Corrie barmaids


Change of plan for 9 December – and not because we’ve been ripped-off by Phelan and Vinnie. We will be starting this year’s annual commemoration of Britain’s most famous TV street, celebrating its 56th birthday this day, at Ashton-under-Lyne tram stop (at 1.30pm). We can then do a bit of walking and a bit of tramming to visit some key Corrie sites:
* Richard Hillman’s watery grave
* Weatherfield Registry Office
* Corrie’s birthplace
* Granadaland
* Cropper Corner
* Fiz’s Restaurant
* The tour is hosted by Ed Glinert who led the campaign to get the old Granada set re-opened, who has guided on the new set in Trafford Park (but not on this occasion, alas) and who hosts events with the stars (with Kemptville Travel).
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Midland Hotel1


It’s what you’ve been waiting for: Ed Glinert and co. taking you or your group, club, works outfit, society … around this magnificent building.
• Public dates: Sun 15 Jan, Sun 26 Feb, Sun 2 Apr, Sun 21 May – all at 1.30pm.
• Meet outside the hotel on Peter Street.
• Please book through Quaytickets to avoid disappointment.
• Also ideal for private tours for groups of around 20 people. We will also soon have public dates.

The Midland is Manchester’s most famous hotel.
• It’s where Rolls met Royce.
• It’s where Churchill scoffed 16 oysters and a bottle of champagne – and that was before dinner.
• It’s where Hitler kept the bombing planes away from so that it could be the Nazis’ North-west home once they had invaded.
• It’s where George Harrison was refused admission because he wasn’t wearing a tie.
• It’s the famous Edwardian railway hotel built on the site of the house from where the magistrates sent the troops into the Peterloo Massacre, and the site of the concert hall where Chopin was slow-hand-clapped.
• It’s where the great and good – Derek Jacobi, Princess Anne, Martin O’Neill, Nigel Havers, Ed Miliband(!), Dave – stay when they come to Manchester.

Hear the history, soak in the sleek style and lounge in its luxurious locations. Then, when the tour’s over, take tea and tiffin or a tipple in the Octagon bar. What a great way of spending two hours or so!
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Manchester Festive Historic Canal Cruise (with mince pie and mulled wine) – THURSDAY 29 DECEMBER

• Our popular festive canal cruise leaves at 2pm so you can enjoy the stunning lights of Salford Quays and Media City.
Illuminating one way commentary by the queen of canal guides Salford-born Sue Grimditch and the usual great service from the crew of the L S Lowry barge, as we make our way along the Bridgewater canal, through Pomona Lock and onto the Manchester Ship Canal, the Quays and Media City.
• Please book through, 0843 208 0500. Cost: £25.
• Meet at the water’s edge outside the Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, M3 4JR.
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Manchester, US style

WELCOME TO MANCHESTER: Daily tour at 10.45am

This tour is the big one for anybody new to the city or just looking to be refreshed at parts you have reached before.

“Welcome to Manchester” is the ideal walk – a taster, a teaser, a trip through town on a timeless tourist trail.

It’s a best of everything, taking in the old and the new, the ancient and the artful, the glamorous and the glorious.

* The tour has been devised by official Manchester tour guide Ed Glinert, author of Penguin’s Manchester Compendium and the forthcoming Manchester Encyclopaedia.
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If you don’t fancy a walk, book us for a talk!

Ed Glinert is back giving talks with a monthly slot at Central Library and regular dates at Manchester Cathedral, so book him for your social club, U3A group, Probus set, National Trust outfit or local history society to give an illustrated talk on one of a huge variety of subjects:
* The Pankhursts.
* 10 Manchester Inventions That Shook the World.
* Peterloo.
* Royal Scandal Through the Ages.
* The Lonely Life of L. S. Lowry.
* Engels & Marx in Manchester.
* The Manchester Ship Canal.
* Alan Turing.
* The Fenian Hangings of 1867.
* The Secret History of Manchester.
* Manchester architecture (how the city’s main buildings stole their design from existing works).
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Clock Tower


We’re delighted to be able to announce that the Town Hall managers have kindly given us some dates for imminent tours. Meet at the Midland Hotel.
Next tours. Meet at the Midland Hotel.
* Wed 7 December, 6.30pm.
Go to the markets and then see the inside of the Town Hall with its magical evening views.
* 14 December, 1.30pm.
* Thu 22 December, 6.30pm.
Go to the markets and then see the inside of the Town Hall with its magical evening views.
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Ancoats mills

Ancoats: Workshop of the World – SATURDAY 10 DECEMBER

Next tour: Sat 10 December 2016.
Meet: Outside the Band on the Wall, 1.30pm.

Industry began in Ancoats, a factory hoot from Manchester city centre. In 1700 this had been a semi-rural enclave by the river Medlock, Ancoats Hall home to the lords of the Manchester manor. By 1800 this was a teeming, squalid suburb, blackened with soot, deafened with the noise of thundering machinery, the smell of belching smoke hanging in the air.

The conditions were shocking: the noise of thundering machinery, suffocating air, high accident rates and notorious employment practices at the expense of an emaciated, underpaid workforce slave-driven for unsustainably long hours amidst disease, darkness, damp and desperate heat, living in dingy streets of tiny workers’ houses, jerry-built two-up two down brick boxes standing back-to-back so that as many properties as possible could be squeezed into the smallest of spaces.

The late 20th century saw Ancoats die. The mills shut, the workshops wound down, the canal almost dried up. Now it’s all cleaned up. The mills are modern workshops; the factories smart apartments, while new developments such as the much lauded New Islington project with its funkily named Chips Building and Dutch-styled houses are attracting investment…
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The Pankhursts: Suffragette City – SATURDAY 14 JANUARY 2017

• Christabel: suffragette icon, arrested at the Free Trade Hall, locked in Strangeways.
• Sylvia: suffragette icon, joshed with Lenin, befriended Haile Selassie. MI5 called her “the tiresome Miss Sylvia Pankhurst”.
• Emmeline: suffragette icon, Independent Labour Party campaigner, Tory Party candidate (not at the same time).

Walk in the footsteps of the family who won women the vote on Saturday 14 January.
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