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Newsletter 1997 Week 50Monday the 15th of December


This week's newsletter is shorter than usual, owing to important behind-the-scenes events. Also, most of this week's pictures are old ones. This is due to essential equipment maintenance.

But to make up for it, I'm letting you have a private viewing of the brand new Manchester Civic Society website, which I've just finished putting together. On it, you'll find lots of pictures and information about buildings and urban development in Manchester, including proposals for the Free Trade Hall and the Shambles.

It would be very helpful if you would send comments and suggestions to me at and/or to the Civic Society chairman, Caroline Blain.

In the meantime, let me just give you a quick rundown of the week's main stories...

Manchester may yet become the home for the Royal Yacht: Leith docks and Dumplington are the two preferred locations for the vessel, which officially retired from service last week. The final choice won't be made until the spring.

An estimated 70,000 music fans saw performances by Elton John, Oasis, M People and Paul Weller at Nynex, G-Mex and the Apollo over the last few days. The events confirmed Manchester as a major centre for pop music (as if we didn't know that already).

Also, the Hacienda may be re-opened. A company in Mayfair, London has plans to open it as an upmarket venue. But an editorial in the Evening News refers to the threat from gangland leaders, who reportedly dominate Manchester's night club scene.

The "smiling assassin" Mikhail Gallatinov was given a life-sentence today for the killing of a gay partner whilst under police surveillance.

Jim Shaw, driver of the coach which crashed in France, appeared in court in Albertville, France today. He pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. The verdict will be delivered in the news year.

Last week was unseasonably mild, but as the weekend approached, temperatures gradually fell. Strong easterly winds are chilling the whole of the UK at the moment, though here in Manchester, we don't seem to be getting too much of them.

I'm expecting an important piece of news in the next 48 hours which will affect the future of Eyewitness in Manchester and my other web publishing ventures, so please keep your fingers crossed and/or say lots of prayers!

Once again, do have a look at my Manchester Civic Society website and send your comments

  • A controversial bill to cut benefit to single mothers marks the end of New Labour's "honeymoon" period.
  • Louise Woodward is told she must stay in Massachussetts for Christmas
  • As English farmers continue to protest against imports of cheap beef, beef on the bone is banned
  • A fire in a burger bar shuts down Heathrow and causes chaos at other airports, including Manchester
Have a look at the BBC for today's UK and world news.
MANCHESTER PUB QUIZ sponsored by Vini Maguire (
Yes, last week's mystery pub was the Shakespeare.

This week's photo is recycled from a previous Newsletter, but what's the name of this establishment? It's owned by a famous red-haired Manchester pop singer, and its name has a certain Catalonian flavour.

Dear Aidan

Thanks for another excellent newsletter!

The pub is The Shakespeare on Fountain Street..........


Mark Atthey

Hello Aidan, I think this weeks mystery pub is the Shakespeare on I think, Fountain St., and, once again you have mentioned a well known place to me. I worked for Manchester Aircraft Services at Barton Airport 1951/2. I would like to thank you once again for your web page. Good-bye for now, and please keep up the good work.
Yours truly
Graham Connor

Text and photos by Aidan O'Rourke

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