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Photo features January - December 2002

READER MESSAGES UPDATE with many fascinating accounts - Prestwich, local place names, were people really happy in the good old days in Openshaw? Find out what one US-based reader thinks of the new Piccadilly, plus some interesting and spine-tingling ghost stories! Go to the Reader Messages page.



IMAGES OF MANCHESTER captured before during and after dusk - It's November 2002 and the long nights have arrived. Late afternoon and early evening winter views of familiar places in and around the city centre, an old police station on fire and a 'Green Goddess'. Click to view photos & articles


EYEWITNESS IN MANCHESTER PEOPLE section returns - now in a new format. Photos of people with local connections both famous and should-be-famous. The feature will be put online in stages, starting with the intropage with latest additions, and A-F page. Click to go to intropage


READER MESSAGES - so many received I've had to split the latest batch into two - the first set presented now and the rest shortly. More comments about the building on the right, and some sharp but constructive criticism of my work. Go to the Reader Messages update


BEST OF EYEWITNESS IN MANCHESTER 1997 - 2002 - Selection of the best photographs from Eyewitness in Manchester chosen from over 3000 created over a five and a half year period, with newly written articles and opinion. Go to Best of EWM...


INFOPAGES explaining and showcasing Eyewitness in Manchester to a new audience. With photo selections, screenshots of key pages, background information, history of the site and details of some exciting new events. Four separate pages: About This Website,About The Author, EWM Live Events and About Digital Photography. First uploaded Oct02.


IN THIS READER REQUESTS FEATURE I go out and about in search of locations asked for by EWM readers. Fifty-three previously unpublished picture files capturing a variety of places from derelict streets to affluent suburbs and from deserted footpaths to famous tourist attractions. The meandering journey starts in Besses o' th' Barn... Go to the EWM Reader Requests Feature...


CHAPEL STREET CITY OF SALFORD, just across the Irwell from Manchester city centre, is a street full of surprises. Vacant sites, unoccupied buildings and urban decay stand side by side with Georgian and Victorian gems, magnificent churches and some of the best contemporary architecture around. Chapel Street is now under redevelopment. See how it looks in September 2002...


EYEWITNESS IN MANCHESTER READERS have sent another batch of remarkable messages and pictures. See Piccadilly Gardens and Whit Walks in 1949, find out about the landslide which swept away a whole street in Salford, and read a chilling and remarkable childhood account from just south of the Mersey - Go to the Reader Messages update


DISCOVER THE CITY OF SALFORD with my distinguished guest, the Mayor of the City of Salford (May 01-02) Councillor Jim King. Where in Salford can you find the skull of a saint? How has Salford changed and what makes it different from Manchester? Find out from the person who should know...


EWM GALLERY OF 100 IMAGES taken out and about during the Commonwealth Games - Photos from each day with a weather summary. Crowds, sunshine, kangaroos, banners, blue skies, and torrential rain... Click to view updated photogallery of 100 images...


THE NEW PICCADILLY is examined in detail in this major Eyewitness update. Birds eye views from high above Piccadilly give us an overview of the new development. At ground level we look at the concrete wall, grassy areas, statues and neighbouring building site. Lots of EWM opinion and comments. "Most exciting public space in Europe" or planning disaster? What's the verdict?


APRIL MAY READER MESSAGES - Lots of fascinating contributions with vivid portraits of a different Manchester from the one we see today. More opinions on the new Piccadilly Gardens, and where in Manchester did they make delicious ice cream like this? Click here to find out


IN THE GARDEN OF WHICH EMINENT PERSON are these daffodils growing? Find out in my Daffodils Quiz - a gapfill picture quiz not so much about daffodils but about the places, highways and districts around Manchester where you'll see them growing every year. Try your hand and see how well you score!


THE URBIS CENTRE has landed! A new shape on the northern city centre skyline is arousing worldwide attention and local controversy. Was it right to put a building like this in a location like this and will it be worth the money? The museum of the modern city is scheduled to open on 27 June 2002. Today 11April I attended the official media preview. Click here for my first impressions of Urbis


IN THIS MARCH 2002 CITY CENTRE UPDATE we look at what's new, what's disappeared, what's still there - Renovated bus and train stations, new apartments, hotels and offices, but what about the buildings that have quietly and unexpectedly disappeared and are about to? Prepare for a shock or two as we walk around Piccadilly, Deansgate and Whitworth Street Click here ...


MORE READER MESSAGES - See the new Piccadilly nearing completion, read an account of nighttime Manchester in the early sixties, plus lots more, including an MEN article about EWM - the person, not the website! It's all here...


TAKE A WALK AROUND THE MILLENNIUM QUARTER and check out the Urbis Centre, due to open in mid-2002. We gaze up at another new building designed by the same architect, and find out why the postbox that withstood the bomb is now looking a bit lacklustre Click to see more


WE START 2002 WITH A READER MESSAGES UPDATE. Did you know that early broadcasts of Top of the Pops were done from Dickenson Road? What's the story regarding the underground Market Centre, the Kendals tunnel and the building 'encased' in the Arndale Centre? The update is illustrated with some gloomy dusk shots of places mentioned... Have a read, rediscover a location and maybe find a friend...


GET A BIRD'S EYE VIEW over city and countryside in the latest EWM update, featuring a selection of photographs captured at some of my favourite vantage points in and around the city. The picture on the right shows the area next to Manchester Cathedral and the Britannic buildings, currently under redevelopment. Click to see this and more views...

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