THIS IS THE VIEW looking north west from the footpath near
Acre Top Road, off Victoria Avenue, Higher Blackley. In the
distance we can see the M60 motorway and to the left, Heaton
It's Wednesday July 18th 2000, and the UK is enjoying a prolonged
spell of long-awaited hot summery weather.
People often make comments when they see me taking photographs
or riding on my bike. Shortly after I took this photograph,
a youth shouted at me from a car "You won't find any
nice views round 'ere". Obviously, he wasn't looking.
PORTLAND TOWER, formerly the Scottish Widows Fund building,
is the headquarters of highly successful property developers
In July 2000, they painted the side of the building yellow
and added the Commonwealth Games logo at the top. In the middle,
there's a counter showing the number of days till the Games.
It's Monday the 17 July 2000, and the number of days left
THE STOCKPORT AIR DISASTER happened early on Sunday the 4th
of June 1967. I remember it - my primary school Our Lady's,
Edgeley, was only a mile from the crash site, and the next
day we talked about it in class, with our teacher Sister Esther.
On the 30th anniversary of the disaster, this plaque was
put up in memory of the victims who died when the Argonaut
came down on corner of Hopes Carr and Waterloo Road (right),
less than half a mile south of the town centre.
THE RIALTO CINEMA Bury New Road Higher Broughton was demolished
in 1999. The site is to be used for a fast food outlet.
I must apologise for not photographing this cinema before
it was destroyed - I drove past many times intending to take
a picture of it, then one day I drove past and it was gone.
A reader enquired if I could take a photo of the cinema,
but unfortunately it's too late: See Reader
THE WARNER VILLAGE cinema at Cheshire Oaks, near Ellesmere
Port represents the cutting edge of present-day (turn of the
millennium) cinema design. I'd call it 'contemporary high
tech art deco'.
The architects have allowed themselves to be inspired by
the designs of the golden age of cinemas - the 20's and 30's.
The symmetrical shape, fluted exterior embellishments, gentle
curves and pale pastel colours recall the art deco hotels
of South Miami Beach.
The cinema has a number of screens, including a giant i-Werks
screen, similar in size and impact to Imax, one of which is
in the Printworks complex, Manchester (open Autumn 2000)
THE MANCHESTER ICE PALACE on Derby Street, Cheetham, was
a favourite leisure destination throughout the first half
of the 20th century.
It's now part of the Lancashire Dairies complex of buildings,
but has retained most of its brick and tile facade facing
onto Derby Street.
Did you go here when it was an ice rink? E-mail info (at) aidan.co.uk
THE MANCHESTER ICE PALACE name is still prominent on the
exterior of the building on Derby Street, Cheetham. It now
belongs to Lancashire Dairies.
The tiled exterior is typical of buildings constructed around
the turn of the (20th) century.
north Manchester is seen here from the old footbridge crossing
the disused Manchester Victoria to Whitefield and Radcliffe
The moody black and white mystery view (right) was taken
from the foot of the steps which lead down from the gap between
the walls on either side of the bridge (left).
One reader recognised the mystery location - see Reader
HERE'S ANOTHER MYSTERY VIEW taken about half an hour's drive
from Manchester. A transport route named after Manchester
crosses this scene from one side to the other.
Look hard and you'll see a cathedral - which one?
The photograph was taken from the top of a hill named after
a picturesque village - Can you name it? E-mail info (at) aidan.co.uk.