HERE ARE SOME OF THE FACES who are helping to make Manchester
what it is today, and will be in the future - captured at
an invitation-only party to celebrate the second anniversary
of cocktail bar Sarasota, on Canal Street in the Gay Village.
It's the evening of Wednesday 26 July 2000, and I have my
digital camera at the ready...
COUNCILLOR RICHARD LEESE is the Leader of Manchester City
Council and appears most days in local press, radio and tv
reports. It's almost exactly two years until the Commonwealth
Games, and he's sporting the official yellow badge of the
Games. I interviewed Councillor Leese in 1998 for my Manchester People section.
CAROL AINSCOW is our host at this evening's event here at
Sarasota. She is the MD of the Manto Group, owners of some
of the most famous Manchester clubs and bars, including Manto,
Sarasota, Generation X, the Trafford Tavern, Paradise Factory
and (opening Sept 2000) Gaia . She is also involved in property
development in Manchester city centre, including apartment
conversions on Whitworth Street, and some exciting new internet-connected
workspaces in the Daily Express Building, Ancoats. See
for more information.
And just visible in the centre right of the picture is a
man who plays a very influential role in Manchester. Do you
recognise him? E-mail info (at) aidan.co.uk
ALAN OWEN has been closely involved in Manchester's Gay Village
for over ten years, serving on committees and helping to run
the hugely popular and highly controversial Mardi Gras festival.
He is the ex-manager of Canal Street cafe bar Via Fossa and
currently manages another cafe bar, Spirit, on Princess Street
His is one of the most familiar faces in the Village.
Visible in the background are the red-brick warehouses of
Whitworth Street, most of which have been turned into apartments.
ROBERT MEAKIN is the writer of the Manchester Evening News
'Diary' feature, which focuses on celebrities, personalities
and generally what's 'happening' in Manchester. One of his
scoops during mid-2000 was the inside story on a most public
falling-out between certain members of the Manchester Civic
JANET REEDER produces the colourful and glamorous fashion
pages of the Manchester Evening News. She's responsible not
only for writing the text but for setting up the photo shoots
in co-operation with local model agencies. I met her previously
at the launch party of the Hermes
The faces of both these journalists appear next to their
respective features in the Manchester Evening News, and will
be familiar to thousands of MEN readers.
ARMAND BEESLEY is one of those people you're sure you've
seen somewhere before. You probably have - on television,
in magazines, or at Kendal's department store where he used
to run his own salon before going freelance.
Watch out for Armand Beesley on tv, particularly the morning
programme TVAM. Who knows, maybe this familiar Manchester
face will become famous nationally and internationally...
Remember you saw him here first on Eyewitness in Manchester.