Hundreds dead, thousands injured. The Royal Exchange bombed, the Cathedral devastated, the Free Trade Hall wrecked, Manchester Blitzed.
During war truth is the first casualty, reality gets twisted, which probably explains why the Manchester authorities knocked up a plywood version of the city on the moors near Burnley to confuse the Luftwaffe. Really.
There are many many more equally bizarre Manchester wartime secrets.
Ps. Don’t let on the War’s over.