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Smells Like Teen Spirit

A fashionable protest for the kids out to save Afflecks Palace

Published on January 21st 2008.


Smells Like Teen Spirit

Protesting ought to be a sport reserved for the young – they look a damn sight edgier and cooler doing it.

Hundreds of angst-ridden pubescent teenagers stampeded to the rescue of Manchester’s landmark shopping centre Afflecks Palace on Saturday. Cars beeped their horns as squeaky girls chanted “Save Afflecks” at decibels that could be heard over at Piccadilly Gardens.

The protest not only demonstrated a huge amount of support but the array of fabulously experimental and individual clobber with which the kids kitted themselves out also illustrated what a fundamental impact Afflecks has had on youth culture over its 26 years in residence.

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The Elder GentlemanJanuary 21st 2008.

Less of the pubescent. Some of us have been shopping at Afflecks since not long after it opened, and this threat is is putting the crisis into my midlife.I was there, getting names on the sheets and making sure that people knew why the kids were chanting, and no just being anti-social little monsters.

SusanJanuary 21st 2008.

I agree it would be a shame for Afflecks to close. I am over 40 and shop there occasionally! I like to think I still have an individual edge even at my age. Everywhere that opens that caters to individual style seems to close, look at the Corn Exchange that went too! Plus, it is a great place for young people to hang out, chat with their friends and have a coffee and they're not hurting anyone!

Ratty Old LadyJanuary 21st 2008.

I agree with Grumpy Old Man. Someone accused me of smelling of urine on the bus the other day. It wasn't me however, but a youth in bizarre clothes with matted hair. If shutting down this place helps people realise it's the youths that smell and not me, I'm all for it.

Grumpy Old ManJanuary 21st 2008.

I am all for looking after the historical landmark of the city, but should these youths not be worrying about exams and coursework rather than where they can spend mummy and daddy's money on scruffy clothing. the vast majority of these children need a haircut and a bloody good wash!!!!!

andyJanuary 21st 2008.

this country was build on protest.Lennon would have been there!

ChiJanuary 21st 2008.

I do hope the renew the tenancy agreement!! Afflecks Palace is such a unique place and gives Manchester character!!!!! instead bringing in another chain.

jackalope tJanuary 21st 2008.

At least they are standing up for something, giving their opinion, rather than idoly giving out **** to random strangers n terrorising, this lot are bright coloured n harmless, (though when a gang of scallies went for them earlier on they stood their ground) theres alot of jobs to loose and where are all the lil businesses going to? no cheep stalls just posh urbanite buildings, full of generic expensive crap, didnt tom bloxam even start out in there? I thought it was great n gotta say they seemed pretty clean n fragranced with shiney hair on the whole...

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