“an amazing place with a bouncy dancefloor” Sarah on Manchester

May 9, 2013 in Blog

Sarah McDonald-Hughes headshotSarah McDonald Hughes wrote Wondrous Place’s Manchester story.

Top 3 Manchester experiences that you can’t get anywhere else?

Go to the top of Hartshead Pike, in Ashton, views for miles and a real sense of wonder.

Get the 42 bus from Piccadilly and stay on til Didsbury – in one short journey on the busiest bus route in Europe (I think?!) you’ll see so many different people, buildings, cultures.

Go to a gig at the Ritz – a beautiful old ballroom that was the scene of my teenage years, an amazing place with a bouncy dancefloor.

Manchester is a person – choose three words that describe their personality.

Resilient, Revolutionary, Romantic

What your three favourite Manchester phrases or words that you won’t you hear anywhere else?

Buzzing, Skriking, ‘Ere-ya’ (it’s a cliché but I do say it all the time)

What’s tunes should be on the ultimate Manchester soundtrack? Choose three – include song title and artist.

Pounding – Doves
Some Might Say – Oasis
This is the One – Stone Roses

I hate that these are all male. But if I’m honest these are the ones (see what I did there).

What three clichés about the North of England piss you off the most?

That people here are stupid and backward. They aren’t.
That people are workshy – couldn’t be further from the truth.
That it’s bleak. It isn’t. It’s wondrous.

What are your Top 3 things that you are you tired of hearing about Manchester?

Rain – yes it rains. But it rains in London too. And the rain here is better

Football. I like football. But it doesn’t define Manchester.

That it’s gang and crime ridden. Obviously in any city there are problems with crime. But so much work has been done in Manchester – by ordinary people – to address problems with gang violence and places that were previously seen as ‘no go’ areas are now brilliant places to live and work. And crime – obviously there is some, but it might surprise you. When I lived in Moss Side I left my car key in my car door all night and it was still there in the morning.

A Sgt Pepper Album cover celebrating Manchester. Which three people – alive or dead, from the past or present – should be on the cover?

Joan Littlewood – not strictly Mancunian but made here her home and upheld that brilliant Mancunian work ethic – a real grafter
Emmeline Pankhurst – leader of the suffragette movement and proud Moss Sider
Danny Boyle – a true Mancunian ambassador – he should make the album cover for his NHS-celebrating Olympic opening ceremony alone