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ELIZABETH GASKELL lived in Manchester and documented the lives of the working classes. Novels include 'Mary Barton', 'North and South', and 'Cranford'. She lived from 1810 to 1865.
EWM says: I would love to have met and asked Mrs Gaskell about her life in Manchester. The next best thing we can do is to read her novels.
RACHEL GILSON is a singer who I once saw perform at Night and Day on Canal Street. She sang in a jazzy r'n'b style.
EWM says: I know very little about her, but her singing was excellent.
ANDREW GWYNNE is a local councillor for Denton West in the Metropolitan Borough of Tameside. He has a degree in Politics and Contemporary History from the University of Salford and has studied Business and Finance.
EWM says: Andrew was kind enough to show me round Denton for my EWM feature. He knows a lot about the area and is very dedicated to it.

MARTIN HANCOCK, played the character 'Spider' of Coronation Street before leaving to pursue other career goals. Martin is originally from Acton, West London, but moved to Manchester when he joined 'The Street'.
EWM says: I photographed Martin during the making of the film 'Daddyfox'. He was highly focused professional in front of the camera.

JACKSON JACKSON is a Manchester-based photographer. I attended the opening party for his exhibition of portraits at Mash & Air on 14th of July 1998.
EWM says: His portraits of people, including the waitress depicted here, were superbly printed in large format and very direct and engaging.

SUSAN JESSON-WARD grew up in Moston Manchester but her home is now the Sultanate of Oman where she works as a consultant for the Sultan of Oman's Royal Stables, and other clients.
EWM says: I've only met Susan via e-mail - see my 1998 interview with her.
COUNCILLOR PAT KARNEY was chairman of Manchester City Council's City Centre Committee and played a key role in the reconstruction of the city centre after the bomb in 1996. He was born in Dublin but has lived in Manchester most of his life.
EWM says: See my 1998 interview with him.

COUNCILLOR JIM KING was Mayor of the City of Salford from 2001 to 2002. He opened the Lowry Galleria in autumn 2001 and instigated the highly successful Mayor's Award Scheme.
EWM says: Cllr Jim King is a very popular local personality with a great sense of humour. See the 2002 Eyewitness in Manchester feature.

RAY KING is pictured here with his wife at the opening of the Hardrock Cafe Manchester in 2000. A staff journalist with the Manchester Evening News he writes articles on local and national issues as well as restaurant reviews.
EWM says: Ray is a great conversationalist, and his articles are often very outspoken.

COUNCILLOR RICHARD LEESE is the public face of Manchester City Council, and makes regular media apperances. An ex-teacher and youth worker and has been a councillor since 1984, and Leader of the Council since 1996. He's originally from Mansfield and lives in Crumpsall.
EWM says: See my 1998 interview

BERNE LENG is an Eyewitness in Manchester reader who has contributed some fascinating material and photographs to this website. He used to be a projectionist at the Gaumont Oxford St, and is an expert in the history of cinemas in Manchester.
EWM says: Berne is quite a character, though I've never met him! See his fascinating contribution on Manchester cinemas
YVETTE LIVESEY is co-founder of the In The City music convention, with partner Tony Wilson, and plays a prominent role in the city.
EWM says: With her striking looks and professional experience as a leading fashion model, Yvette was a pleasure to photograph. When I met her she was friendly, welcoming and quite outspoken. See my 1998 interview.
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