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BRAMALL PARK in the suburb of Bramhall, Stockport, Cheshire is a favourite place for walks. It's situated in a valley along which flows Lady Brook, a stream which eventually joins the River Mersey at Cheadle.

Along Lady Brook at Bramall Park are a series of ornamental ponds, one of the park's most attractive features.

In March 2001, the water is still partially frozen over. Throwing one of those ice blocks onto the ice makes a hollow almost metallic sound.

Waterfowl congregate here all through the year - a few of them have just taken to the air.

BRAMALL PARK, Stockport Cheshire is popular with young and old who come to visit the hall, and walk along the beautiful wooded pathways and along by the ponds. It's March 2001, and this pond, in contrast to others, is not frozen over.

It's as calm as a mill pond and its smooth glassy surface reflects the trees and the late afternoon sun.

Eyewitness remembers: My parents took me here as a child and as I fell asleep, I used to dream of walking in these woods at night.

ALDERLEY EDGE is a prominent feature on the Cheshire landscape. It's also the name of the village situated at the foot of the Edge, and the surrounding residential suburbs.

We are looking from Heyes Lane along Duke Street towards the western part of the Edge. Three types of dwellings reflect changing times - the humble terraced cottages of the 19th century to the right, the semi-detached and detached houses of the 1920's and 30's to the left, and up on the Edge, the luxurious villas built in the mid 19th century for the wealthy who first came to live here when the railway opened.

The afternoon sun gives an autumnal colour, though it's March 2001 and the trees are still without leaves.

ST PETERS SQUARE is seen here from the Peace Garden next to Manchester Town Hall. Until the 1970's, buildings occupied this site, but now there is a clear view towards the square, with Elisabeth House and Peter House on the left, The Midland Hotel (Crowne Plaza) centre right, the Central Library and part of the town hall extension. The small building with the pointed roof belongs to the Town Hall creche, part of an enclosed play area next to the main building.

It's late March and the first flowers of spring have made their appearance.

ST PETERS SQUARE MANCHESTER is a little gloomy in the overcast weather of late March 2001, but the first daffodils of spring are out, brightening up the scene.

In the background can be seen the Crowne Plaza Midland Hotel, one of the obelisks of the war memorial, and the Central Library. The people are waiting for a Metrolink tram.

This particular specimen won't win any prizes at the Chelsea flower show, it's a Manchester daffodil - a bit scruffy, unpretentious but no less attractive - and we're glad to see it.

That's all for this update of Eyewitness in Manchester - more pictures to follow soon

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