NEWSLETTER 1998 WEEK 18
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EWM UPDATE Thursday 30 April 1998 12 midnight BST
PAT KARNEY RECKONS DUMPLINGTON WILL BE DEMOLISHED BY 2010
At the Civic Society "Vision for Manchester" Debate last night, Councillor Pat Karney, who has special responisibility for the city centre, predicted that the Trafford Centre, currently nearing completion, will go through a "novelty period" of a couple of years, and then be a financial failure.
The debate was well attended, and provoked lively discussion. Issues included the lack of co-ordination between Greater Manchester authorities, dissatisfaction with the deregulated bus service, management of traffic in the city centre, and the City Council's relations with pressure groups.
PAEDOPHILE ESCAPES FROM MANCHESTER SWIMMING POOL
Convicted paedophile David Marker escaped from Abraham Moss leisure centre in north Manchester while on a swimming session on an "escorted community visit", in preparation for his release back into the community. It's another of those all too frequent stories we hear nowadays that would be farcical if it were not for the nature of the offender. Graham Stringer MP said he was "absolutely outraged" that the man had been allowed to escape.
TOAST RACK GAINS LISTED STATUS
Manchester Metropolitan University Hollins Building in Fallowfield has been given listed building status. The "Toast Rack", and adjoining circular building, called the "fried egg" was built 38 years ago.
And if you're driving towards Manchester along the A556 between the M6 and the M56 at Mere, look out for this vintage AA patrol box which was recently restored to pristine condition. It had been damaged in an accident and, as it's a listed structure, it was fully reconstructed. The box, equipped with a telephone, was used for shelter by Automobile Association patrolmen on motorcycles.
DEIRDRE MESSAGE SPARKS FALSE ALARM
An airline pilot flying over the Pennines spotted the word "Help" on a hillside not far from Buxton. Helocopters, police and mountain rescue teams were called out, but on closer inspection, the message was found to be "Help free Deirdre from jail".
CORN EXCHANGE TO BE KNOWN AS 'THE TRIANGLE'
The Corn Exchange, which was badly damaged in the IRA bomb, is to reopen with an upmarket selection of shops. The centre will be known as "The Triangle". It looks as though the market traders who reopened in the Coliseum and Afflecks Palace won't be returning.
PM VISITS TRAFFORD HOSPITAL
On the eve of the first anniversary of the Labour victory, Tony Blair was at Trafford General Hospital, and praised its reduction of 8% in waiting lists. He also visited a creche in Altrincham. And at Christie Hospital, a cancer treatment machine has been put back into service after £150,000 more money was found, part of a government allocation of £40.6 million for the health service in the north west.
APRIL RAINIEST MONTH FOR YEARS
It's been rainy not just in Manchester but all over the country this month, so much so that the drought is officially over. The last week has brought a mixture of heavy showers and bright sunshine, though today was mostly cloudy. EWM temperature is currently 47 fahrenheit, 8 celsius.
My Mother and Grandmother lived in Manchester during WWII and came to the USA the year I was born 1945. They never talked about their life in England so I had no clue to what it was like.
Since I have been researching my family history and two trips to England I have grown to appreciate what it may have been like to live with bombs and the like. I tried to get into your Manchester 1947 and could not.
Really would love to see more history of the area. Also, would you have any information about an accident in one of the cotton mills in Manchester around 1910 to 1930?
Your web page is great and I will be back.
From: Ann Foss