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LIAM SPENCER is a painter specialising in views of Manchester and Salford. He is one of the leading local artists, and has had exhibitions at the Lowry and other prestigious venues.
EWM says: Liam Spencer has succeeded in capturing the unique quality of the local cityscape, including the sunsets. His panoramic painting of Castlefield (top right) shows coincidentally the same view as my 1998 photograph. There are echoes between his views of Salford Quays and mine.
FRED TALBOT is the north west's most famous weatherman. His animated, arm-waving style and engaging manner have made him have made him one of the most recognisable personalities on UK television.
EWM says: I've met Fred on two occasions. He comes across as being a really genuine bloke and more serious than he appears on screen.
Denis Thorpe

DENIS THORPE was a staff photographer with the Daily Mail and the Guardian. He has been active in photography from the late forties to the present day. The book 'On Home Ground' features his best photos. (Lowry Press 2001)

EWM says: On 19th Nov 2002 I attended a Manchester Civic Society presentation of his photographs. They are of stunning quality - many featured on front pages and have won awards. I am proud to own a copy of the book signed for me by Denis Thorpe.

RICKY TOMLINSON is one of the most famous actors in the UK. His credits include tv comedy dramas 'Boys from the Blackstuff', 'The Royle Family' and many more.
EWM says: I met and photographed Ricky during the making of the John McCormack film 'Derek'. He is larger than life, and as friendly and down to earth as you'd expect.
MARGARET WHITE won the competition to name Manchester's new tram system. She called it the 'Metrolink'. She lived in Chorlton cum Hardy until she died in 1999. Margaret White is the mother of EWM reader Irene Moores.
Irene says: 'She loved riding on the trams and could relate many a story from during the war about them.'
RUSSELL WATSON is Salford's most famous tenor. He has performed all over the world, in front of some of the most distinguished audiences.
AOR says: I saw Russell perform at HMV records in 2000, promoting his new album. His performance was stupendous.

JOHN WILKINSON OBE is a prominent citizen of the City of Salford. Founder of Weaste-based company Welding Star, he is chairman of Salford Reds rugby club. He was awarded the OBE for his services to the City of Salford, and was Mayor's Citizen of the Month in January 2002.
EWM says: John Wilkinson can give many fascinating insights into life in Salford and how it has changed in the past 50 years. His life story mirrors the development of Salford over half a century.

TONY WILSON - Broadcaster, music impresario, intellectual, innovator, co-founder of the Hacienda, Factory Records and In The City, his successes and failures are brought to life in the film '24 Hour Party People'.
EWM says: I've done two taped interviews with Tony Wilson. His responses - full of rambling anecdotes, fascinating insights and obscure references - are a nightmare to transcribe and summarise, but well worth the effort! See my 1998 interview summary.
GERRY YEUNG is co-owner of the Yang Sing, considered by many to be the best Chinese restaurant in Manchester. He is also a director on the board of Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
EWM says: Gerry Yeung is one of Manchester's best known businessmen, and has a very professional but approachable manner. He still makes light-hearted references to the Yang Sing fire of October 1997. Photo taken at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce breakfast event 30 May 03.
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