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NEWSLETTER 1998 WEEK 32 TUESDAY 4th - MONDAY 10th August 1998
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EYEWITNESS IN MANCHESTER UPDATE 10.00pm BST WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST 1998

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SUNSHINE OVER MANCHESTER

IT'S BEEN A GLORIOUS EVENING! Sunny and warm, with deep blue skies. Well that's the main piece of news at the moment. But it may not last - clouds are predicted for the northern half of the UK, the borderline is somewhere around Manchester. The current EWM temperature is 58/14 degrees.

EYEWITNESS MEETS MANCHESTER'S MOST FAMOUS PROPERTY DEVELOPER

PROPERTY DEVELOPER might sound like a dirty word to some people, but Tom Bloxham is definitely no Rachman! In fact, he done a huge amount to help in the regeneration of both Manchester and Liverpool. He is also involved in the "Big Issue", a charity dedicated to helping homless people. His company, Urban Splash, has been enormously successful in transforming derelict buildings in the centre of Manchester and Liverpool into vibrant living and working spaces. Today I met him at his offices in Ducie House, one of the buildings he's converted. It's on Ducie Street, near Piccadilly Station. I've done a QTVR panorama portrait of Tom - just click on the picture to see the QTVR panorama

CATEGORY MANCHESTER PEOPLE
CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO SEE THE TOM BLOXHAM QTVR PANORAMA - MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE PLUG-IN
MANCHESTER PEOPLE: TOM BLOXHAM TOM BLOXHAM - Chairman of the Urban Splash Group

Tom Bloxham is a pioneer of urban renewal in Manchester and Liverpool. His company Urban Splash is one of the most successful in the country, and has won many awards. He first showed his entrepreneurial flair at university, when he supplemented his grant by selling records, then posters.

Soon, he was changing the face of Manchester and Liverpool by buying up and renovating old buildings that others thought fit only for demolition. Afflecks Palace, Ducie House, Smithfield Buildings, have all been restored and given a new lease of life by Urban Splash.

Good design is an integral to the company, as is the desire to provide reasonably-priced apartments tailored to the customer's needs. Thanks to Urban Splash, the centres of Manchester and Liverpool are becoming better places to live and work, saving greenfield sites from being buried under urban sprawl. He's made the job of "property developer" socially acceptable, and is closely involved with the Big Issue charity, which helps homeless people. See the FULL INTERVIEW


Born: Fleet, Hants 20 Dec 1963 Spent childhood in: South London Lived in Manchester since : 1982 Place of residence: Worsley Training: Manchester University, Degree in History and Politics
What makes Manchester unique?
There's a great stock of interesting buildings, and interesting venues for bars and restaurants and living spaces..., the friendliness of the people and the pride of the community in our city.

Is there anything about Manchester that could be improved?
I'd like to see more conversions of the derelict buildings, and I'd like to see a world class building coming to Manchester, like the Sydney Opera House.

Which places in Manchester do you like to go to?
Mash & Air, Heathcotes, little curry houses in the N Quarter, Castlefield, Atlas.

Recommended Manchester people:
Bobby Langley, Nick Johnson, Jenny Thompson, Jim Ramsbottom, David Beckham, Ryan Giggs. See the FULL INTERVIEW

READER MESSAGES
From: Pam Mee
Subject: Concert in Phx Arizona

Hi Aidan,

Greetings from very hot Arizona 114 % today.

Still enjoying your website. I am really excited as I am going to a British Rock Symphony Celebrity Theater here in Phoenix Arizona. Also next Saturday there will be Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Davy Jones of the Monkeys, two Manchester boys, so it will be like old home week. Keep up the good work.

Ex Manchester (Northenden) resident
Pamela Mee

I remember watching both of those on TV when I was a kid. We'll be having lots of pop stars in Manchester at the upcoming In The City festival, in September. We're working on a feature website at the moment! All the best, and enjoy the concert!


From: Pat Johns
Subject: Old Collyhurst Photos

Hello again Aidan. Since I started my request to hear from old friends and others that lived in Collyhurst back in the 50's, 60's and 70's, I have been flooded with responses.

One very nice couple from the Church of the Saviour (on the site of the old St. Oswalds on Rochdale/Eggington St.) wrote to me about a Collyhurst Reminiscence Day. The sent me an album showing poster boards of old photos from the Collyhurst area! It was absolutely wonderful. I have written and asked them if there was any way they could send me some of the photos (copies of course!) Just thought I'd let you know what kind of "goodies" are floating around out there that some of your readers (and viewers!) may like to see. I look at Manchester Online almost every day now and it is great. I probably know more about what is going on than some of my family who still live there!

Keep up the good work Aidan. All my pals here can now see what my lovely Manchester looks like! Try and work getting some of that old stuff for your collection!

Thanks again! Pat Johns (Morgantown West Virginia USA)

Great to hear from you. I'm hoping to get some of those old photos online soon, but copyright issues have to be sorted out. Thanks for your message, and please keep visiting Manchester Online and Eyewitness in Manchester!

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