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Manchester 250: 23 July 2007

Guns, Coronation Street and cheers to Reddish

Published on July 23rd 2007.

POLICE say that the numbers of guns in use in Manchester are relatively low. Those that are in circulation tend to found amongst gangs associated with criminality. This follows another shooting incident in Moss Side in which a boy of 14 was hit in the arm on Great Western Street after being fired on my masked gunmen on Friday. He was later discharged from hospital.

LIZ DAWN, well-known across the world for her role as Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street is to retire through ill-health. The 68 year-old actress who has emphysema, a lung disease, will not be killed off in a dramatic episode, so she may make future guest appearances. She has been with the series for 34 years.

A REDDISH micro brewery, the Three Rivers Brewery, has been awarded a top beer award. The award is Cask Champion for Manchester IPA and hasn’t been dished out for three years because no British beer has been deemed good enough to receive it. Three Rivers are the smallest brewery to receive the Campaign for Real Ale accolade having just four staff members.

IN SPORT one of the great Rugby Union players, All Black centre, Luke McAllister, is to join Sale Sharks. McAllister who grew up in North Manchester will join the Sharks after the World Cup in France later this year. Meanwhile Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the Premiership race in the coming season will involve four clubs after transfer activity this summer: predictably these are United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal.

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