It’s a legendary quote by Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown and if we’re honest, it hits the nail on the head.
Our city has a lot to be proud of and there’s no doubt we’re proud about it, but no matter how hard we try, we just can’t change geography. This means we’ll never quite have a ‘proper beach’ and it’s probably why every Mancunian has distinct memories of driving to Blackpool.
Yes, there’s plenty of nearby beaches and seaside towns, but everyone’s been to Blackpool.
If you weren’t familiar with that first quote, then we can guarantee you’ll have heard this said before at some point – “first one to see Blackpool Tower gets a quid”. It’s a classic distraction technique for all Northern parents that’s seemingly used when they just want the kids to be quiet in the back of the car for a bit.
We shared this nostalgic memory on Facebook yesterday to reminisce with our audience of loyal Mancunians and we overwhelmingly received thousands of replies.
It really was a trip down memory lane.
Some of the responses we received are just far too good not to share.
We’ve selected a few to feature in this article that seemed to resonate the best with our audience, received the most interactions overall and that we think really capture the essence of a trip to Blackpool.
How brilliant are these?
If you want to have a read of the rest of the memories, head on over to the post on our Facebook page here.
You can rent an entire pub with your mates for an overnight stay
Did you know that there’s a pub in the Peak District that’s been converted into a beautiful house you can rent out with your mates for the night?
The Poachers Arms is now a top-quality country house – but thankfully, the original working bar, complete with beer taps, survived its makeover.
The beautiful spot is in the village of Hope in the Hope Valley and has space for up to 30 guests across nine ensuite bedrooms.
It’s been kitted out with fibre broadband, a modern kitchen, a huge dining area and loads of entertainment, including 14 televisions, a table football table, and a pool table.
We all know that the walk home from the pub can sometimes feel like the longest mission ever, but at least if you book out The Poachers Arms there’s only ever a flight of stairs between the bar and your bed.
The building’s owners can supply you with barrels of beer, lager and cider at cost price – and can even supply you with bartenders for an extra cost.
Outside, you could also relax around the charcoal barbecue or soak in the outdoor hot tub, while little ones run around in the secure children’s play area or play table tennis.
As this is the Peak District, one of the world’s best beauty spots that’s a haven for outdoorsy types, The Poachers Arms also includes a secure, lockable shed where you can stash your outdoor equipment and bikes.
There’s space for up to 25 cars on the driveway, but you can also get a train straight from Piccadilly to Hope.
Hope itself is one of the prettiest villages in the north of England, full of cafes, pubs and shops, and isn’t far from the popular village of Castleton.
Changing the beautiful game for girls everywhere | Ella Toone – Manc of the Month August 2022
Just a few short weeks ago, we all witnessed a monumental sporting moment – football finally came home.
And it was the women’s game that did it, only a year since the England men’s team came so close to lifting the Euros trophy themselves.
The nation is bursting with pride for the phenomenal achievements of every player on England women’s team, affectionately known as The Lionesses, but we just had to give a little shout out to one of our local girls.
Ella Toone. The Wigan-born star has been called wonder kid and a golden girl, but she prefers to be ‘just Ella’.
The 22-year-old has built the bulk of her sporting career here in Greater Manchester.
Born in Tyldesley, she spent many years as a junior at Manchester United – but the team, until very recently, didn’t have a senior women’s team for her to move up to.
So it was off to Blackburn she went, then briefly she played for Manchester City, before finally joining Man Utd in 2018 for their inaugural season.
In an interview with BBC Sport, Ella – a life-long United (and Cristiano Ronaldo) fan – said: “It’s the best feeling in the world. Growing up a Manchester United fan, and then being able to play week in week out for the club that you love and support is really special.
“Growing up it was tough – I was in the United academy for seven/eight years, and there was nothing to look up to. There was no women’s team to try and get in to.”
But once news of a Manchester United women’s squad landed, Ella said: “It was home. I knew that my ambitions matched theirs. I’ve been happy ever since.”
Fast forward to 2022, and she has become a household name thanks to her stunning performance with the England Women’s team at the Euros.
Ella’s impeccable chip into the net had all of Wembley on its feet during the final, and it was one of two goals that saw England storm to victory.
Along with her teammates, she is now riding the wave of the team’s success to try and make changes that will last an eternity.
The Lionesses recently penned an open letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, demanding that young girls are given the opportunity to get into the sport and that women’s football is given proper investment from school age onwards.
They told the prospective PMs that only 63% of girls can play football in PE at school, saying ‘a generation of school girls deserve more.’
The letter stated: “Throughout the Euros, we as a team spoke about our legacy and goal to inspire a nation. Many will think that this has already been achieved, but we see this as only the beginning.
“We are looking to the future. We want to create real change in this country and we are asking you, if you were to become Prime Minister on 5 September, to help an achieve that change.”
The highly-praised letter went on to ask the Government to ensure all girls have access to a minimum of two hours a week of P.E.
The co-signed letter said: “They deserve to play football at lunchtime, they deserve to play football in PE lessons and they deserve to believe they can one day play for England. We want their dreams to also come true.
“This is an opportunity to make a huge difference. A change that will impact millions of young girls’ lives. We – the 23 members of the England Senior Women’s EURO squad – ask you to make it a priority to invest into girls’ football in schools, so that every girl has the choice.”
And as Ella Toone herself once said – “I was once just a little girl with a lot of dreams, and I’ve managed to achieve them.”
About Manc of the Month
We all know that Manchester is home to some special people, some born here and others drawn here, and after a bumpy two years that effectively amounted to one big lockdown, it’s these special people that have inspired and led us through the tough times – so we decided to start a series that shines a light on those who should be celebrated.