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It’s very sad news for Manchester with the untimely death of Pete Shelley, co-founder and mostly lead singer of Buzzcocks.

Let’s not forget that Buzzcocks (never The Buzzcocks) were pioneers. They were the first ostensibly local Manchester group in Year Zero: 1976. The Manchester area had not had a really local major group since The Hollies. 10cc were too internationalist in outlook. Van Der Graaf Generator were clearly from another planet. But Buzzcocks were clearly local. Nobody born more than 5 miles from Irlams o’ Th’ Height could understand anything they were singing about on that first wonderful, peerless, still awe-inspiring release, the Spiral Scratch EP, released early in 1977.

At first
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This is the provisional list of tours are now live on sale with eventbrite. There could be some additions by the end of the year. Please check on our website calendar as others will have been added. We will try to keep this up-to-date but it’s mostly a taster.

2019 (Year of Peterloo)
• Wed 16 Jan Manchester’s Most Beautiful Buildings
Meet Central Library, St Peter’s Square, 11.30am.
Marvel at the architectural glories of Chepstow House, the Castlefield Free Library, the intricate designs on the Free Trade Hall, the perfect Golden Ratio proportions of the Friends’ Meeting House and the Gothic grandeur of the Town Hall. Just some of Manchester’s most beautiful buildings.

• Thu 17 Jan The Hidden Gems of Manchester
Meet Art Gallery, Mosley Street, 10.30am.
This is the remarkable tour of city sights and sites you always wanted to see but maybe never managed to. We go to as many of the following
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PETERLOO – Frustrated with the film? Underwhelmed with the Memorial? Then come on our walks!

Ed Glinert, the only Manchester tour guide who has worked with Mike Leigh and the great radical activist Paul Foot, has been talking, walking, reading, thinking, sleeping, writing about Peterloo, giving guided tours about Peterloo, giving lectures about Peterloo, for more than 30 years.

Next up, two new Peterloo tours on Sunday 18 November. See the film and then discover all the bits Mike Leigh left out! The first, “Before Peterloo”, at 11.30am from Central Library. And then, can you believe, at 2pm, “After Peterloo”, also from Central Library.

Ed Glinert has rooted out an astonishing array of stories connected with one of the defining events in English political history.
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You’ve made a great choice, logging on to New Manchester Walks, the website of the city’s group of professional tour guides. We have crafted a unique body of walks, talks and tours covering every aspect of history in and around Manchester, the world’s first industrial city – the industrial strength city.

We run a regular programme of public walks (details on this website) and have devised bespoke tours on every subject imaginable – history, art, music, architecture, football, politics…
Here is a sample of some of our hundred-plus tours:
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Welcome to Manchester, the capital of the North, the first city of the Industrial Revolution, the city where modern-day capitalism was created, communism researched, the atom split and the computer invented…THE industrial strength city.
Make your visit special with a tour led by New Manchester Walks, the city’s group of professional guides, We have devised a number of bespoke tours aimed not only at the thousands of visitors pouring into the city, but locals looking to unravel the city’s secrets.
• 7 Wonders of Manchester.
• 7 Manchester Landmarks for Football Fanatics.
• 7 Manchester Music Landmarks – from the Hacienda to Tony Wilson’s pad.
• 7 Politically Sound Manchester Landmarks.
We also have over a hundred detailed tours, covering everything – from the Pankhursts to George Best to L S Lowry to Coronation Street.
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• Stop press. Ed Glinert has discovered shocking new information about the alleged meeting of Rolls and Royce at the Midland Hotel in 1904.
Interestingly, Rolls Royce’s own website fails to mention the Midland! This is part of our 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.
• Book a private tour for your group! We catered for 60 very happy ladies from Wilmslow U3A recently.
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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 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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Having discovered that Manchester schools are now, at last, incorporating the wonderful story of how a Manchester family, the Pankhursts, led the campaign to gain women the vote, into their curriculum, we are hoping that you, school organisers, book a Pankhurst tour for older pupils with New Manchester Walks.
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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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Friedrich Engels’s Manchester

* Friedrich Engels’s Manchester (get out the house post Christmas) Date: Sun 30 December 2018. Meet: Engels statue, HOME, 11,30am. Booking: Please book here with eventbrite. * Marx & Engels in Manchester Sat 2 February 2019. Part 1: The Frock-Coated Communists. Meet: Engels statue, HOME, 11,30am. Please book here with eventbrite. Part 2: The Condition …
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