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City News In 250 Words: Monday 7 November

Olympic torch, stand for manager, Metrolink troubles and fire in market

Published on November 7th 2011.

City News In 250 Words: Monday 7 November

THE Olympic torch will visit Greater Manchester twice in May and June next year. The first torch-lit procession will carry the Olympic flame through Abram, Wigan, Scholes, Ince, Hindley, Westhoughton and Bolton. The second – a two day visit - will pass through Rochdale, Heywood, Bury, Whitefield, Prestwich, Higher Broughton and Cheetham Hill before reaching Manchester. Then it will rest in the city centre before resuming its journey through Salford, Trafford, Moss Side, Rusholme, Longsight, Levenshulme, Stockport, Ashton-under-Lyne and finally Oldham.

SIR Alex Ferguson has had the North Stand of the Old Trafford Stadium named after him. This is to honour his twenty-five years of management at Manchester United and his unprecedented trophy haul of 37. He is the most successful manager in British football history. Both his team and Manchester City won on the weekend to ensure Manchester remains first and second in the Premier League.

METROLINK tram services have had a troubled weekend. Firstly there were problems at Victoria Station on Saturday night leading to many people missing the Heaton Park fireworks. Then this morning the trams couldn’t operate due to freezing fog, despite the early morning deployment of an ice breaker. Metrolink are investigating to ensure that every cold spell doesn’t close the system.

A FIREWORK probably caused a fire at Grey Mare Lane Market in Beswick in Manchester. The fire service has said the blaze which took hold on Sunday evening in the private market affected about 60 wooden market stalls but there were no injuries reported. 

FACT OF THE DAY: This week in 1874 The Owens College Shakespeare Society, Manchester, was founded..

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