Mancunians react to city being named as one of best in the world to visit

Manchester has been named as one of the best cities to visit in the world, according to Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list – we ventured into the streets of Manchester to get Mancunians’ opinions. The top attractions named for Manchester include the Science and Industry Museum, the People’s History Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery and Victoria Baths. Lonely Planet also revealed their Travel Guide to Manchester, with one rule they think travellers should follow: visit between September to Decembe

Operation Sceptre: Measures put in place to tackle knife crime in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Police has launched an operation this week in an attempt to tackle increasing knife crime in the area. Operation Sceptre, a national week of intensification to address knife crime, kickstarted in Greater Manchester on Monday and has already seen officers undertake a range of operational activities to target offenders. Knife-detecting arches have been set up at Edge Lane tram stop in Droylsden where a 13-year-old boy was stabbed in the chest last year. Superintendent Carolin

Mum sends painted pebbles across the world in memory of son

The mum of a man who passed away last year is honouring his memory with pebbles in a bid to “make his name known everywhere”. Fran Lee, 58, from the Kirklees area, West Yorkshire, lost her 22-year-old son Saul in October last year and has since been sharing his name to over 40 countries including Jamaica, the USA and Thailand. The campaign started with a Facebook group, Saul11 (pebbles), where people share where they have left and found painted ‘Saul’ pebbles around the world. Fran first got

'Her name's Liz Truss but you can't trust her': Manchester reacts to PM resignation

Greater Manchester residents have reacted to Liz Truss’s resignation as prime minister after just 45 days in office. Truss said in her resignation speech she had come to realise she “cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative Party”. The announcement follows the crash of UK markets, losing two of her key ministers and the loss the confidence of many of her own MPs. Mancunian Matters spoke to residents of Greater Manchester shortly after the news of the prime ministe

Support package offered to struggling businesses amid cost of living crisis

A new support package including a series of webinars and workshops has been announced for next week, aiming to help local businesses manage the increasing cost of business. Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub, which offers one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, has been together with local authorities and business representative organisations to kickstart their #HereForBusiness campaign. Janine Smith, Director of the Business Growth Hub, said: “In difficult times, the Greater Manch

More than 60 drownings in five years prompts water safety summit in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is vowing to reduce the number of open water drownings in Greater Manchester after 66 deaths in the past five years. The service is bringing together key organisations and campaigners for the first ever at the Greater Manchester Water Safety Summit this Friday, aiming to create a new water safety partnership and a new strategy for the city region. Bev Hughes, deputy mayor for policing, crime, criminal justice and fire, said: “Sadly, our firefighters a

Stutter Course Change My Life | Online & Offline Courses For Stutter And Stammer

People suffering from stammering/stuttering were able to build their confidence in Manchester with an intensive speech stutter course last weekend. The McGuire programme aims to help people all over the world who struggle with stammering, something that affects around 3% of the UK’s population. The McGuire Programme, which was set up in 1994, is now a leading global organisation and runs courses all over the world in countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, the USA, and Australia. Thr

Bastille stun fans with a spectacular futuristic concert

Bastille stunned their fans with a spectacular performance of dystopian, futuristic settings through their music and concert visuals. Showcasing their new Give Me the Future 13-track album, the band were encouraging the crowd to dive into the world of science-fiction, and to explore the way technology can be a tool for escape. Lead singer Dan Smith spoke to the crowd telling them to “enjoy the visuals and live in the moment”. The show at the AO Arena in Manchester on Friday night kicked off w

Manchester's 'vertical forest' hotel set to open this spring

An award-winning hotel featuring a ‘vertical forest’ exterior is set to open in Manchester this spring. Before even opening its doors, the hotel has won the design award from the Manchester Society of Architects, for its exterior forest theme inspired by Milan Bosco Verticale. Jason Carruthers, Managing Director for Jurys Inn and Leonardo Hotels UK, said: “The unique design of the hotel has seen a lot of interest in it before opening its doors which is wonderful, and we can’t wait to be able t

Inside Manchester's 'coolest and greenest' rental community

A once-forgotten part of the city has been turned into one of its ‘coolest and greenest communities’ after a £250million re-development. Rental community Kampus, which carried out a programme of pop-up foodie residencies, art exhibitions, block party socials and community events just off canal street in town, has attracted thousands of Mancunians in recent years and will open the neighbourhood gardens ahead of this summer. The living space, featuring over 500 apartments for rent across five bu

'First in Flight' exhibition celebrates Manchester's inspirational women

An open-air exhibition paying tribute to the women who shaped Manchester’s history opened last week at Kampus in the city centre. The ‘First in Flight’ exhibition is a collaboration between Women in Print, an artist-led project and author, Helen Antrobus. It displays 10 pieces of art depicting 10 different women who had an impact on the city. The opening event kicked off on International Women’s Day at Kampus complex and offered an evening of celebration and gratitude to Manchester’s inspirati

Mancunian Way speed limit reduced in bid to improve road safety

Manchester City council announced a new 30mph speed limit on the Mancunian way on Monday in a bid to reduce the number of crashes on the cut through in the city. Analysis by Manchester City Council Highways team has shown a total of 29 incidents have been recorded on the road since 2018, one of which was fatal. The area between Chester Road and Pin Mill Brow junction will follow the new rules for at least 18 months, but could be made permanent, the council said. 17-year-old, Nadya Yusuf, rece

The White Poppy: Peace Pledge Union raises awareness on Remembrance Day

A group advocating white poppies for peace urge people to remember all victims of war including both civilians and members of the armed forces. The group’s aim is to spread awareness of the atrocities of war, urging people and the government to think of alternatives for such conflict. The organisation was started by the cooperative women’s guild after the First World War and was initially a movement aiming to avoid a Second World War following the tragic number of deaths after 1918. Sandra, a

Sale Sharks star backs mental health programme in region's schools

Rugby great Jason Robinson has backed a new mental health programme which is set to run in 125 schools throughout the region to raise awareness about positive mental health and wellbeing. The ‘life-changing’ programme, ‘Are you AO-K” has been set up by Sale Sharks community trust and their sponsor, electrical company AO. It made its debut at St Matthew’s Little Lever Primary School in Bolton with the help of Sale Sharks and England legend Jason. He talked to students about his own life story a

Protesters take to streets of Manchester in anger over new crime and policing bill

Manchester’s residents have took to the streets to protest against the new police, crime and sentencing bill which was passed on Tuesday. Protesters have described it as “breaching our human rights”. The bill had been met with backlash from members of the public when it was first introduced. Hundreds of people gathered in St.Peter’s Square on Saturday afternoon to protest the bill. One of the protesters said: “It’s completely disregarding our rights to freedom of speech and to think it was p

Covid-19 school meal voucher concerns for vulnerable families

One in four vulnerable families believe supermarket gift cards limit convenience and choice, a survey by PayPoint has revealed. Research by the digital payments experts said families want to opt for the freedom to use cash at their local store rather than be forced to use supermarket gift cards. PayPoint said: “23% of people said the benefit would be significantly greater if it was available as cash to spend in their local convenience store, rather than needing them to visit a large supermarke

NHS worker's plea for people to trust the Covid-19 Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

An NHS worker from West Yorkshire is urging people to take the covid-19 vaccine if offered it. Social media networking sites such as Facebook have seen a rise in posts about boycotting the new vaccine, confirming fears of NHS workers and the Government. Posts claim that there is no need to take the vaccine if people have already contracted the virus. A group of 500 people were asked if offered the virus, would they take it? 80% said yes with a large 20% no. NHS worker Alice Coates from Dewsb

Speed dating site struggles to survive due to pandemic restrictions

A speed dating site faces an uncertain future to the coronavirus, as the pandemic forced them to scrap their events. Owners of these sites faced a dramatic loss of customers and sales after social distancing restrictions were put in place and two national lockdowns were imposed. The company Ditch or Date reported a substantial decrease in people signing up for speed dating due to the uncertainty of when they could actually meet up with other members. A spokesperson from the dating site said:

Students' sit-in at university building in protest over 'unfair treatment'

Students at the University of Manchester have occupied a building on campus in protest to how the university has responded to students during lockdown. It comes just days after students pulled down barriers put up by the university after they felt “caged” in. One university student said: “They are quite literally treating us like animals in cages.” Students have occupied the university building in an attempt to protest against hall rent and the unfair treatment they have been given since lock

Social media sites 'incite', 'instruct' and 'glorify' terror attacks like the one at Manchester Arena

Social media has become one of the most integral parts of society. We use it to connect with friends and family, to catch up on recent events and to entertain ourselves. But for some certain groups in society it is used for a much more sinister reason: extremism. The nature of social media allows ease of access to information and speed of use within almost every aspect of a person’s life. These same benefits are also available to terrorists and their organisations. The very same technology th