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Manchester Town Hall to be demolished

City council will move to a new building in East Manchester

Published on March 31st 2007.


Manchester Town Hall to be demolished

April Fool to those who fell for this.

In a surprise move Manchester City Council revealed plans today to demolish the Victorian Town Hall in Albert Square. A new seat of civic government is to be built in East Manchester close to the site of the stalled super-casino.

A council spokesperson, exclusively told Confidential that, ‘the old building is well known but it’s showing its age and frankly isn’t up to the job any more. All the artwork and sculptures are a barrier to the work of an efficient modern council and the very devil to dust. We’ll keep the tower as a landmark and put the rest of the material on eBay and raise money for the new Town Hall from that.’

He continued, ‘by moving to East Manchester we are demonstrating our commitment to putting jobs before narrow self-interest and common sense. Also if the super-casino does happen then we all like a flutter.’

Pressed on what function the old tower and the newly cleared space might have, the spokesperson said, ‘we’ve let the tower to Subway. And as for the new space behind we’re thinking of installing a fountain - Manchester has a long tradition of doing them so well.’

Manchester Town Hall was opened in 1877 by some old people with beards. Described as ‘ a classic of its age’ it has had many functions including a Father Christmas stand.

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

julietteMarch 31st 2007.

not bad for an april fool joke!!

ShaMarch 31st 2007.

I wouldn't put it past them if they thought they could get some money for the site

ANTHONY MCKENDRYMarch 31st 2007.

Yes very funny ha ha, when I saw this article I thought what, they can't do that. I had been travelling in europe for 3 mths previous to this and fell for it hook line and sinker although nothing would surprise me anymore.

cllr.pat karneyMarch 31st 2007.

DON'T BE FOOLED.THERE ARE SECRET PLANS FOR ALL OF THE ABOVE

http://ChrisPaul-LabourofLove.blogspot.comMarch 31st 2007.

I don't think I'm wrong in saying that there WAS a plan to knock down the Town Hall c 1970s and replace with ticky tacky glass, coloured panels and steel studding. Yeuch. They did monster quite a lot of sound old buildings at that time. But no, I didn't even notice this for three weeks. And on April Fools Day I was running a blogful of the things.

OliverMarch 31st 2007.

Fantastic. More of the same. It's good that Manchester Confidential is rediscovering it's sense of fun. You really had me going for a while.

The Man About Manchester!March 31st 2007.

Well done - I have told 88 people so far and now I feel very silly!

AnonymousMarch 31st 2007.

aprils fools has been and gone and your the fool for carryin on

ANTHONY MCKENDRYMarch 31st 2007.

Yes very funny ha ha, when I saw this article I thought what, they can't do that. I had been travelling in europe for 3 mths previous to this and fell for it hook line and sinker although nothing would surprise me anymore.

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