More rail strikes planned for Greater Manchester despite Network Rail and RMT pay deal  

Strike action on Greater Manchester railways is set to continue next week despite the RMT union and Network Rail (NR) reaching a pay deal earlier this week.  The deal, which was voted for by NR members on March 20, only covered maintenance and signalling staff employed by NR, leaving workers employed by train operating companies […]

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Ramsbottom shop’s fury over u-turned pedestrianised zone

A Ramsbottom shop has expressed its fury as a pedestrianised zone is set to be reopened as a road. The Vineyard Wine Shop is located at the junction of Smithy Street and Square Street, an area which was transformed into a pedestrianised street during the pandemic. The temporary legislation is set to come to an […]

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The real-life Greater Manchester locations that inspired L.S Lowry’s work

Laurence Stephen Lowry is a cultural icon in Greater Manchester, most famous for his simple depictions of hectic industrial scenes, hailing from Stretford and spending most of his life in the region. Anyone living in the north west of England will have struggled to avoid the impact of his art, with various buildings and landmarks […]

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Budget 2023: Key Points and Live Reaction as Jeremy Hunt delivers his Budget in the Commons

Economy Energy Childcare Taxation and Pensions Jobs Businesses Other measures

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Eating at TripAdvisor’s worst-reviewed restaurant in Timperley: A pleasant surprise

Dobbies Altrincham, Green Lane, Altrincham, WA15 8QP. Dobbies Altrincham, not to be confused with the house-elf of Harry Potter fame, is the café restaurant attached to the garden centre chain. To set the record straight, Dobbies does not (and has never) sold itself as an institute of fine dining. Rather, Dobbies acts a catch-all for […]

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People in Salford lack trust and confidence in mental health professionals, study finds

A lack of cultural representation in the mental health sector has led to a dearth of trust and confidence in professionals, Healthwatch Salford has found. The ‘Mind Over Matter’ report – published on Monday March 13 – outlined the key reasons why people are reluctant to access mental health support and services in Salford. The […]

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Nearly £40m for Greater Manchester regeneration projects announced in Budget

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has today announced the Budget for 2023, with childcare services and energy bills addressed. Since the last spring statement it has been a year of economic turbulence, a rapid rise in the rate of inflation and three newly appointed Chancellors of the Exchequer. Today’s statement is seen as a […]

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100 events on offer at Manchester Irish Festival to mark St Patrick’s Day

The Emerald Isle has arrived in Manchester suburbs with more than 100 events being held to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.   Manchester is home to the biggest Irish community in the UK and this 10-day festival is aimed at promoting Irish events and culture all year round.   Tony Hennigan, from the Manchester Irish Festival, […]

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A new ‘Beginning’ at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre

David Eldridge’s tale of the awkwardness of finding new love dazzles at The Exchange, treating audiences to an unrelenting experience full of realism and silence. I’ll hold my hands up from the off: I’m not an avid theatre-goer. That’s not because I dislike the medium. Far from it. It’s just not something that can often […]

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Star-studded line up featuring Grammy nominee announced for Manchester International Festival 2023

Yesterday, Factory International announced the list of artists who will have their work showcased this summer. The event will welcome some of the biggest names in the art world including footballer Juan Mata and Grammy nominee, singer Janelle Monae. Monae will be headlining the programme of music in a three-day residency. The event will take […]

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