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Many thanks to the histories Festival for organising a wonderful series of events with the theme of protest and democracy this second weekend of June, and now it’s back to tours of a different hue. On Wednesday 13 June Steve Bourne will take you around John Rylands Library (1pm, St Ann’s Church), followed by the Chetham’s/Cathedral double-header at (1.45pm, Victoria Station wallmap). In the evening is our regular and barely believable “Secret History of Manchester”, the tour that has proved such a winner (5.30pm, Visitor Centre).

The following day, Thursday, John Alker will be outlining “Manchester’s 10 Best buildings, a new tour in his own inimitable style (1.30pm, Visitor Centre).

Steve Bourne is back on Friday to find “The Lost Rivers of Manchester” (Victoria Station wallmap, 5.30pm). We can’t do the Bomb walk this year. On Saturday 16th Steve will be exploring the Grand Canals west (city centre through to Castlefield and beyond, 6pm from Malmaison). His “Welcome to Manchester” tour is at 2pm from the Visitor Centre.