From: Tony Kearon
Subject: Fantastic photos...!


Would it be OK if I used images from your collection for our annual Xmas
quiz (to be held initially at Hulme Adult Education college - but no doubt
repeated only at drunken Xmas parties with family members...) The great
views of Manchester will be excellent as a 'where is this' round... No
formal reproduction will be used - just one printout of each selected
picture. The college has no money in any case so please say yes...
Ta very much in anticipation...?
Rebecca Leach (unofficial and unpaid quiz researcher/girlfriend to Tony
Kearon, Quizmeister extraordinaire...)

Yes, that's fine, please go ahead!

Date: Sun, 13 Dec 1998 19:35:37 -0500
From: John Reid
Subject: Great pictures

WOW Sure brings back some memories. Come from Sale/Brooklands, lived in
Canada since 1975. Still get a bit homesick. Love looking at your
Thanks Lesley Reid


Thank you very much, glad you like 'em. Anywhere in Sale/Brooklands you'd like to see?

Wow you're quick.
I used to live on Bromley Road which is just off Norris Road, close
to Brooklands Road. I also spent quite a bit of time in the Sale
Hotel. So any pictures you can manage in that area would be GREATLY

Thanks a lot, Lesley.

I'm very impressed by the images on the collection: it could be worth considering some internal shots of the Velodrome... it's like a hidden gem of Manchester's architectural diversity. Best wishes, Tony Lyons
Thanks very much indeed for your comment. I was just thinking that very thought this afternoon as I was driving past the Velodrome. I will certainly get along there soon and capture some images - maybe videoclips as well as stills.

Thanks very much indeed for your comment. I was just thinking that very thought this afternoon as I was driving past the Velodrome. I will certainly get along there soon and capture some images - maybe videoclips as well as stills. Aidan

Dear Sir:
Just a note to let you know how much I enjoy reading your weekly summary
of the happenings in and around Manchester....I was afforded the opportunity
to vist there is fall and I had a wonderful time and plan to return in
1999...I do enjoy seeing
photos of places I have visited, brings back such wonderful memories...I know
you have some new equipment so maybe the pictures will be better without the
white streaks...which all of mine have tonight....
If at all possible, I would enjoy seeing some photos of the Heald Green section
of Manchester....I have a wonderful love one who lives there....A photo of the
"Beech" Pub would be very nice...that area somewhere.....
Again Thank You....and You and Yours Have a Merry Christmas
A Great and Happy New Year....
Frann B. Southern
Paducah, Kentucky

Thanks for your great message - I know Heald Green very well - just near the Airport. I'll get a photo of the Beech pub for you.
Please keep visiting and Season's Greetings

From: Edward Estry
Subject: Re: Eyewitness
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 20:59:11 +0900

Just a quick line to say thank you for your efforts.I was born in Manchester (1952) but I haven't lived there since 1984, although I return for a couple of weeks every year or so. It's still nice though, to see the old place again. St. Annes Sq. looks lovely, although the "to let" signs are indicative of all not being well; the fact remains that most of Britain's wealth resides in the South-East. Having lived in Japan for the last 10 years where it is safe to walk out at night, I always have to be on guard when returning to Manchester. It seems Manchester is getting more and more dangerous.Today's Evening News' page 5 stories of violence would have been banner headlines in 1984. Anyway, thanks again. P.S How about a few pictures of Whitefield, Prestwich or Bury (I'm still a Bury FC fan!)

Thanks very much indeed. Hmmm, in City Centre Manchester these days, things are generally on the up and up - a new Hermes store is opening on King Street - more in Monday's update. It's important not to let the crime problem seem bigger than it is. In comparison to Japan, where, as in the Middle East, where I lived, street crime is virtually non-existent, Manchester isn't as safe. But in comparison to some American cities, the crime rate is much lower. Also, I had a bike stolen off the street in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and other things happened there too, so crime isn't just a Manchester thing. I remember the car crime problem being quite severe when I lived here ten years ago - I can think of several incidents involving myself and friends - nowadays it doesn't seem so bad.
Where are you in Japan and what are you doing there? I nearly went to work in Japan myself

Dear Aidan
Thanks for your reply. I live in Osaka. I teach English in high school here
and I try to do a little freelance writing. Yes, you're right about crime
not being just a Manchester thing and to a certain extent crime is on the
rise here too; but the fact remains that when I return to Manchester I have
to switch to "on guard" mode!

By the way, I can't seem to find a Manchester radio station on the net. Key
fm doesn't transmit anymore, apparently. Do you know if any other station in
Manchester is on line?

My sister sends me the Monday MEN every week so I saw the article about your
site. I'm going to advise my students to check out Manchesteronline and its
links if they want to know about Manchester (and practice their English at
the same time!) so you might become famous in Osaka too!
Keep up the good work, Eddie Estry.

From: Pat Johns

>I was just reading letters sent to you at eyewitness. A woman from
>Denver who had lived in Manchester for 20 years thought it would be nice
>if there were some type of service where people could look up old
>friends. How about the "In Touch" section of the MEN. I have written to
>it a number of times and have been overwhelmed by the response from old
>as well as new friends. Many people wrote to tell me that they didn't
>know me, but did know some of my family and some of the places I
>mentioned. "In Touch" is a great place to visit! Hope she finds out
>about it soon. Patricia Johns

Thanks for your message. I'm glad you've had a good response from in Touch. I'll pass the message on!

Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 09:56:21 -0500

I look forward every week to your update. I am from Kearsley, but have lived in New Jersey for the last 18 years, working in Manhattan.

While I get back to Manchester about 3 times a year, and try to keep up with things Bristish via the internet, your service is a wonderfully unique way of keeping up with the flavor of the city and its surrounds.

I particularly enjoy the photos, which I use as wallpaper on my computers. We stay at the Novotel in Worsley when we visit, so I am using the photo by the canal in Worsley on one computer, and we visited in late November and looked at the crib in the City Center that you have in this week's report, so I am using that photo on another computer.

Keep up the good work, it's fabulous.

Vince Marsden

Thanks - you've really cheered up a weary web publisher on a dark Friday afternoon in December! I'm very glad I have the pictures you want to see - Did you see Ringley Bridge, near Kearsley? Many of the locations are specifically requested by Eyewitness in Manchester readers, so please let me know of a location - street or landmark, you would like me to photograph, and I'll get round there soon. Thanks again, and please keep visiting.

Date: Thu, 10 Dec 1998 22:00:57 +0800 (SGT)
From: Ben Drury
Subject: Royal Exchange

Great feature on Manchester and the events over the last week.How
about a special feature on the Royal exchange and its recovery over
the last 2 years.I cannot be the only person interested in this
fantastic Manchester theatre!

A great idea - I'll see what I can do. I value your comments very highly - glad to know people are appreciating what I'm writing - only a tiny proportion of people contact.

Date: Tue, 08 Dec 1998 20:09:44 -0500
From: Desmond Rogan
MIME-Version: 1.0
Subject: picture
Hi Aidan, Do you have a picture of Saint Margaret's Church in Whalley
Range. And Holy Trinity in Hulme.
Yours Desmond Rogan. In Canada. Ex

Yes, I can include those places on the list. Could you give me the street names or describe roughly where they are. Thanks, Aidan

Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 19:41:25 -0500
From: Desmond Rogan
MIME-Version: 1.0
Subject: Re: picture

Hi Aidan, I think Holy Trinity is on Moss Lane Hulme and Saints Margarets I
think is near Withington Road the phone no for the church is 0161-226-1289 and
the vicar is Robert Boulter. Sorry not much help. Thanks. so much appreciated.

Yours Desmond in Canada.

Date: Mon, 7 Dec 1998 19:32:49 -0500
From: Carl Hulme
Subject: Pictures and News from Oldham

Hi Aidan,
Really Enjoy your weekly Newletter, would it be possible to get
some photos of Oldham. I moved away from thier in 1976, and now
live in Toronto, Canada.

Would really appreciate any photos but Kaskenmoor School or
Schofield Street, would be appreciated.
Thanks keep up the good work !!
Carl Hulme.

I'm going to Oldham later this week - what a co-incidence! I'll start with the main landmarks, if I'm near the school I'll try and get a shot. Thanks for your message,

Date: Sun, 6 Dec 1998 06:36:24 +1100
MIME-Version: 1.0
Subject: Thirteen Arches
Priority: normal
Hi Aidan , have just seen photo 628 . I am delighted this link
with my past is still standing . I was a child when I last saw it and
as we walked quite close to them my memory is of a towering
structure . The shot from the motorway didn't register until I read
the caption . After so long it takes time to realign the the memory
with reality . I imagine that it still looks imposing from below .
This is a marvelous site . It informes and also generates deep
seated emotions . Seeing the Christmas decorations reminds me
of going into Lewis's up near Piccadilly to see Christmas display .
This would be pre World War 2 .

Thank you and have a great Christmas and health , happiness
and perhaps a little wealth in 1999

Best wishes Arthur Hanlon

From: Gary Pettener
Subject: pride
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 09:42:47 -0600
MIME-Version: 1.0

Well done, Aidan, about time you got the recognition.Keep up the good work. Home sick, Midwest, US.

From: Brenda and Graeme
Subject: suggestions
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 13:23:19 +1030

Dear Aiden, this is just a thought, but when and if you get the time wouldn't it be nice to have a links page for all ex pats to put up their web sites or e/mail addys. Now then get plenty of vitamin C and horsradish and garlic tabs for those winter colds with love Brenda and Graeme Downunder

Well, if you want to include your website address here in the letters page, people will see it

Subject: Re: ICQ addition
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 1998 18:36:19 -0000

Hi Aidan,
I'm in Stockport and I really like your site. I use ICQ a lot so I added you
to see if I catch you on line sometime. Best wishes,


Alan Lazarus

I'm in Melbourne, family ex - Cheetham. We all love your site!
Your picture of Whitefield in the November 30 collection - where was it
I have an aunt living near Bess o' the Barn station - can't say I
recognise the scene.Alan Lazarus
Caulfield (Victoria)

About one hundred yards down from Whitefield Metrolink (formerly railway) Station on Bury New Road, the main road from Manchester to Bury. Got it now?

Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 19:49:55 EST
Subject: greetings and thank you from SW Florida
I want to tell you that I very much enjoy your wonderful photographs on! They are all so beautiful!

My best friend lives in Manchester (we met online about 20 years ago) and I
intend to visit your lovely area in November of next year. I love "getting to
know" the city thru your lenses! :) You've no idea how much it helps to
have an idea of where he's referring to when he tells me about different
things going on around town.

I check in with the website to view your shots about twice a month and I'm
looking forward to next time!
Thank you,
Mandy from Naples, Florida USA

Dear Mandy - Looking through my e-mail messages I think I didn't reply to yours - sorry! I'm very glad to hear you enjoy looking at my photos - why not drop in once a week? You're always welcome!

Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 04:25:17 EST
Mime-Version: 1.0
Subject: Pictures
Hi Aidan,
Have been enjoying all the new pictures enormously, the ones from high up on
the Ferris wheel are amazing. I was happy to see the Blackpool shots too.
The only negative comment I might make is that on some of the pictures it is
hard to read the notation of where they are. The white print on black
background is sometimes blurry. Of course most of the time I recognize where
they are, but Manchester is changing rapidly.

By the way I noted the date of one of your pictures in the lobby of the
Midland (Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza) was taken on the same day that Jim and I
had been there for dinner, we may have passed each other and not known it. I
think I would recognise you though from the picture on line and then you would
of course have your camera.

Thanks so much for your great pictures as well as the news.
Cheerio for now,

Thanks for the message - sorry I didn't get back to you earlier. I'm including text descriptions of the photos on a separate page that should make it easier for you to read them.

From: Wazza
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 1998 07:47:42 +1100
MIME-Version: 1.0
Subject: Ringley Bridge ( Thumbnail 638 )
Priority: normal

Hi Aidan - once again you have summoned memories . I saw
the photograph of Ringley Bridge and was immediately taken back
to 1989 . My wife and I took Mum and Dad back for a short trip to
England for a look at their old haunts . We walked across this
bridge to Ringley School and went in . Mum was able to see the
school much as it was in 1915 . She was introduced to the children
. When they found out we were from Australia all they were
interested in was the current status of The Aussie TV soapy -
Neighbours .

Sadly Dad recently passed away aged 93 but I will be able to
show Mum , now aged 90 , the photograph . It will invoke many
memories for her .

This site is a great link to our past and promotes many
memories and much discussion - greatly appreciated .

Thank you and best wishes
Arthur Hanlon

Very glad you're enjoying the pictures!

From: Arvid Fimreite
Organization: Fimreite
Subject: Norway calling
Hi !
Can we buy "Eyewitness in Manchester Image Collection" ? Is this a book or only online ?
We would like to buy a book that shows Manchester. Travel Guide or something like that.
Where can we find it ?
Med vennlig hilsen

The Eyewitness in Manchester book will be appearing some time soon, not exactly sure when. Have a look in the Manchester Online shop for more books about Manchester or try - do a search for Manchester.

Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 19:41:44 -0500
From: Peter and Claudette Foy
Subject: Great Stuff
Hi Aidan , Just got through your recent collage of Manchester. It is well
worth the time to go through it. Can we have some photographs of Oldham
soon. Keep up the good work. Peter Foy London Ontario

Pictures of Oldham coming soon

From: Clive Van Cooten
Subject: Your work
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 1998 21:07:42 -0000

Aidan Spent hours browsing through your pictures. Many, many stunning images. So you've finally managed to escape teaching have you? Good luck fro the future.
Clive Van Cooten



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