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The news in 2010

Simon Binns looks back at the Manchester world as it was....in the last twelve months

Written by . Published on December 29th 2010.


The news in 2010

January:
Human remains were found opposite the CIS Tower near a notorious 19th century slum, Angel Meadows. These were the second lot of human bones found in the city in a week after workmen had previously discovered some at Victoria Station.

The city council tried to get tobacco companies to foot the bill to clean up cigarette butts on the streets after street cleaners said they sweep up nearly 1,000 cigarette ends in an hour.

Dried cow’s blood caused Manchester Airport’s Terminal 3 to be evacuated, with flights delayed for six hours. The discovery of the ‘suspicious substance’ caused a security scare and was tested to see if it was an explosive powder. It was not.

And a gender row broke out at The University of Manchester after feminists complained the Masculinity Exploration Networking and Support Group encouraged macho culture with ‘beard-growing contests’ and ‘beer marathons’. The group insisted that they did have female members although surely they’d be disadvantaged in a beard-growing contest.

February:
The Duchess of Cornwall visited the famous cobbles of Corrie to kick off the year of celebrations for the city’s most famous soap.

A website was created where people could log on and submit their prayer requests during Lent. SayOneForMe.org was set up by church leaders in Greater Manchester and The Bishop of Bolton to offer a modern twist with their Easter Prayers.

Shoppers went crazy in the Arndale (more crazy than normal anyway) when they were told £5,000 was about to be dropped off the balcony. Scrambling ensued before it turned out the majority of the money was fake.

A police bonding initiative branded ‘Operation Jackanory’, costing £100,000, was slammed as a waste of money. Why it cost that much money for officers to share tales of successful investigations is still beyond us. The money could’ve been better spent reviving the original TV programme, or buying Brian Cant’s old jumpers.

March:
BA decided to strike and annoy lots of passengers. Up to 500 people were affected in the three-day cabin crew walk out meaning that six flights to Heathrow were cancelled. Google Streetview gave a sudden rise to fame for two takeaways on Claremont Road in Moss Side. Situating Mario’s bakery next to Luigi’s pizza takeaway proved to be a source of much excitement for Super Mario Bros fans. What will they think of next? Donkey Kong’s Dim Sum?

Princess Anne went to prison - but only on a daytrip. She met inmates and staff at HMP Manchester and unveiled a plaque to mark the opening of the print shop.A Salford resident was given an ASBO stopping him from singing Bob Marley in his flat. His renditions of the likes of ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ were met with dozens of complaints. He just couldn’t be loved.

April:
The huge volcanic eruption in Iceland caused planes to be grounded for nearly a week. Delayed passengers were stuck abroad for much longer though. The strange silence from the skies was greeted by many as a welcome moment of peace - as long as they weren't travelling.

Election fever hit the city when the three main party leaders conducted their first televised debate at Granada Studios. Fears the ash cloud would affect the politicians attending the event weren’t realised and the series of debates were well received.Murder and manslaughter figures were revealed to be down in the city. Police statistics showed those crimes to be at a 20 year low.

Wayne Rooney was voted player of the year at the Professional Footballers’ Association awards and United were named the most valuable football club in the world in Forbes magazine. The club was valued at £1.19bn ahead of Real Madrid in second place and Arsenal in third.

May:
Hundreds of people were left unable to vote in the election after being turned away from polling stations despite arriving before 10pm. The coalition government then took control of the country and were quick to scrap, well, pretty much everything, including the fund that was going to help redevelop Victoria Station.

After his momentous fall out with his brother, Liam Gallagher announced his new band, Beady Eye, with the same line up as Oasis minus Noel. And some bearded chap on keyboards.

Metrolink had to apologise after responding to a complaint by referring to the customer as a ‘dreaded man’. The email was meant to have been sent from a staff member to a colleague at Metrolink but evidently something went wrong. Or right, if you’re a journalist. Maybe Metrolink was taking advice from the Gordon Brown.

Haile Gebrselassie won the Great Manchester Run in just 28 minutes and two seconds. It was his third triumph in the city’s 10k race and more spectators were said to have turned up to watch than last year.

The mascots for the London 2012 Olympics were revealed to be colourful one-eyed creatures that started life in a steel factory in Bolton, according to Michael Morpurgo’s concept.

June:
Hoax police calls were in the news when it was revealed that a man had made over 700 calls to the GMP in which he rapped about citizen’s rights. A woman also phoned the police to complain that her cat was “doing her head in” because it had been playing with string for two hours.

Chris Sievey, the man who played Frank Sidebottom, died at his home in Hale and was remembered at a fancy dress funeral for family and friends.

A couple from the city were deemed to be Manchester’s luckiest after scooping a £12.4m EuroMillions jackpot the same week they won £10 on the lottery, £20 on a scratch card and a £25 premium bond.

The first ever Manchester Day parade was held with more than 75,000 people lining the streets to see the creative floats. It was widely regarded as a success.

July:
Manchester Airport opened its posh £1.7m Escape Lounge in Terminal 1. The lounge is largely to cater for the needs of business passengers and offers free Wi-Fi and private rooms for high-powered meetings. On the flip-side, it also has a massive Scaletrix race track.

The sun was here in July, so much so that a hosepipe ban was introduced, the first in 14 years. The ban affected millions of householders in the region and anybody caught flouting the ban was threatened with a fine of up to £1,000.

The BBC’s move to Salford Quays got another boost when the corporation announced it would be moving Breakfast up north. The news particularly irritated the Daily Mail, which is as good a reason for doing anything anybody could think of.

X Factor hopefuls queued for hours outside Manchester Central for their chance to be judged by a Grecian 2000-fuelled leprechaun; a talentless Geordie who thought marrying a footballer was a good idea, and the man with the worst haircut in Britain.

Robbie also rejoined Take That, which seemed to upset millions of women who had all previously been unhappy about his decision to leave the band many years earlier.

August:
A bad month for footballers with cars, and their insurance firms. Plodding United midfielder Anderson turned his Audi R8 into a fireball in Portugal and new City recruit Mario Balotelli crashed his car – also an Audi R8 – in Hulme.

Around 20,000 cyclists turned out for the second annual Sky Ride in the city centre. A 12-kilometre route, which included all the city's most famous landmarks between Sportcity and Castlefield, was closed off to cars for the cyclists. Among those participating were ‘actress’ Gemma Atkinson and proper cyclists Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton.

It was also the 20th anniversary of Pride, Manchester’s annual LBGT festival. Actor Sir Ian McKellen lead thousands of people through the streets of the city for the annual weekend parade along with more than 100 groups and floats. US R&B singer and milkshake maker Kelis topped the bill.

FIFA was in town to inspect the city for England’s World Cup bid – and we all know what happened to that.

September:
A Manchester institution disappeared as the Granada studios sign was taken down for cleaning. It had been gracing the city’s skyline for more than 50 years. Not quite as old as Ken Barlow though.

More than 10,000 Labour delegates flooded the city as the political party held its annual conference at Manchester Central. The highlight was Ed Milliband being named as the party’s new leader.

More than a hundred hirsute Manchester men submitted pictures of their face fluff for a new charity calendar put together by beardsofmanchester.com. Wayne Rooney wished he could hide his face behind a false beard and moustache as details of his comings and goings with Bolton prostitute Jenny Thompson are revealed.

Ricky Hatton became the latest celebrity resident of the Priory, after a tabloid sting showed the Hyde boxer taking cocaine. Rangers fans, who tend to like booze more, were also back in town for a match against United, but were marked out of the game by Greater Manchester Police, meaning no rivers of urine where streets used to be - as happened in 2007.

October:
Manchester bagged a Nobel Prize, no less, thanks to two scientists from the University of Manchester. Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov discovered graphene, the world’s thinnest material, which is roughly equivalent to half a Kate Moss.

Greater Manchester Police was praised for 24 hours of tweeting, covering every incident it deals with in a single day.

In The City, the annual music showcase and seminar, returned to Manchester but opted for Piccadilly instead of its usual Midland Hotel base. The event scored a major PR hit when BBC 6 music broadcast live from the City Inn hotel (now Mint Hotel) and Lily Allen drove up to Manchester to take in a few gigs in the Northern Quarter.

Wayne Rooney said he wanted to leave United. Nobody believed him, although several of the city’s massage parlours were rumoured to be considering a closing down sale. And Ricky Hatton checked out of The Priory and promptly bought his fiancé a dog. Ahh.

November:
Ten people were injured after a gas explosion ripped through houses on Silver Street in Salford. One house was completely destroyed and up to four others were badly damaged in the blast.

Selfridges got themselves in bother, upsetting Frank Sidebottom fans by using similar mannequins to the character in the window of their London store. The store offered £10,000 to the estate of Chris Sievey, the man behind the paper mache mask.

Happy Mondays frontman, Shaun Ryder, announced he was going on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here - he would finish second to a human nervous breakdown called Stacy Solomon.

Panacea hit the headlines (again) after a row in the city centre bar led to manager Joe Akka being glassed. The bar is told to step up security or face closure. During the same weekend, the Athenaeum pub caught fire.

FC United, the breakaway club formed by anti-Glazer Reds, was given planning permission to build itself a new 5,000 capacity stadium in Newton Heath.

Students marched around the streets of Manchester to protest against tuition fees and Jack Duckworth joined the big pigeon fancier in the sky, as the popular Corrie character kicked the bucket.

December:
More than 16m people tuned in to watch the drama of the Coronation Street tram crash - on the occasion of its fiftieth birthday. One lunatic actually rang the police to report the incident, worried that ‘Rita’s trapped in the shop.’

Equal amounts of pandemonium as man band Take That tickets went on sale for their tour next summer. They sell out in approximately 0.00482 of a second, and 80 per cent of them appeared on eBay half an hour later. Probably.

Hundreds of people crowded Spinningfields to hear the England’s World Cup bid was rubbish, although several of them say it was nice to get out of the office for a day. The now-famous Chilean miners have more fun at Old Trafford than the FIFA inspectors, however, as they are made guests of honour for the game against Arsenal.

And swine flu made a comeback being linked to three deaths in Greater Manchester. Happy Christmas.

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

Macroeconomics in AugustDecember 29th 2010.

How does the economy work?

Working class punter saves up all his dosh to see football. Footballer gets huge pay check every week. Fottballer buys German car. Footballer crashes German car.

German economy wins!

Buy a Bentley?December 29th 2010.

German ecomomy wins, too!

AgricolaDecember 29th 2010.

Oh no and I went to the German Christmas markets

columboDecember 31st 2010.

"Panacea hit the headlines (again) after a row in the city centre bar led to manager Joe Akka being glassed. The bar is told to step up security or face closure. During the same weekend, the Athenaeum pub caught fire"

Now there's a loaded sentence if ever I heard one...

The one that got awayJanuary 12th 2011.

conveniently missed was disgraced Manchester City Council leader Richard Leese who got done (or a police record lets say) for allegedly assaulting his stepdaughter who is the daughter of Harpurhey councillor Joanne Green, shamefully wormed his way back into power months after the story died down....wouldnt expect owt less really...

does death of Norman Wisdom count too?

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