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<b>Wednesday 2 September:</b> Jordan heckled at The Living Room, Altrincham line up and running and Harpurhey councillor HIV positive

Published on September 2nd 2009.


THE METROLINK SERVICE should be up-and-running today after its reopening on Tuesday was delayed because of an electrical fault. Philip Purdy, Metrolink director, said: "I am pleased we can completely re-open the Altrincham line." He apologised that it was a day late, adding he was disappointed but grateful for commuters’ patience. All services are expected to run as normal.

THOUSANDS OF HOLIDAYMAKERS face being stranded or left without flights after budget airline SkyEurope went into administration. All SkyEurope flights have been suspended with immediate effect and a number of rival airlines are offering "rescue offers" to stranded passengers. An ABTA spokeswoman said they are trying to “find out just how many Britons are caught up in this", after SkyEurope flew from Manchester to Bratislava and Kosice.

A COUNCILLOR HAS REVEALED he is HIV positive at a vigil remembering those who have lost their lives contracting the virus. Councillor Paul Fairweather told festival-goers at last weekend’s Pride celebrations and added, “We have to beat the stigma and the nonsense surrounding this”. Mr Fairweather, who represents the Harpurhey ward, has been an ardent gay rights campaigner for many years and is a high profile member of the city's LGBT organisation.

KATIE PRICE AKA JORDAN was heckled by ‘Team Andre’ fans as she drank in The Living Room at the weekend. Price was out on the tiles with her gay friends when a rowdy mob began chanting “Team Andre”. Peter Andre was also in the city performing to festival-goers at Pride.

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Proud, +ve and MancSeptember 2nd 2009.

Wow, as a positive man, to hear Councillor Paul Fairweather 'come out' was a truly touching experience and made me proud of him at the Candle Light Vigil.Its time stigma with HIV is stamped out, and as a city we can do this. It's non-sense that 20+ years people are still being attacked, stigmatised or vilified due to their status.Well done Councillor Paul Fairweather, we are proud of you!!

NonesoblindSeptember 2nd 2009.

Errr, so the logistical effort that's needed to cordon-off the Village, the recruiting of dozens of volunteers to man the wristband booths, the massive cost of all this and hence drain on money raised for HIV/LGBT work isn't really needed? ....... Was the 1990's wave of yob-violence against Pride-goers that made the security cordon a necessary evil, to keep people safe - just an illusion of Manchester crime figures? ...... Wouldn't the money that gets diverted into paying for Security be better spent on the HIV/LGBT work that Pride-goers really want to support with their hard-earned cash? But the organisers want to keep their guests free from hassle and threat of violence, so they - and we - have to pay the price. Hmmm!

johnthebriefSeptember 2nd 2009.

I must be blind. I've not seen anything in all the years I've lived in Manchester to suggest that HIV is stigmatised, vilified or attacked. Is this just victimhood or am I missing something?

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