An enormous open-air dance floor is going to appear in Manchester this December, with a massive programme of entertainment.
It’s all part of the Frost Fair, which is returning to the Whitworth grounds and will also include an outdoor cinema, fireworks display, and markets.
Over the weekend of December 4 and 5, between 11am and 7pm, there’ll be an action-packed programme of fun and laughter for all the family.
Manchester’s largest dancefloor will be outside the front entrance of the Whitworth gallery – or entertainment square – complete with a main stage presenting a musical extravaganza.
On Saturday the legendary MC Kwasi will be hosting the stage to introduce the Frost Fair’s incredible line up starting with the Afro-Latin, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sound of Me Gusta Collective.
Later in the afternoon, Manchester’s favourite duo Mr Scruff and Mikey D.O.N will take the stage.
Sunday’s line up includes the Manchester rock band PINS, DJ Paulette and A Certain Ratio.
Both days, The Playhouse Project featuring the Disco Mums will be entertaining the grown-ups and little-uns from 11am and expect to see the House of Ghetto gang strutting their stuff around the place.
The grand finale is marked by a fantastic firework display from Walk the Plank, one of the UK’s foremost outdoor arts companies – it marks a tribute to all the front-line workers who risked their lives during the pandemic.
Step inside the gallery to find an array of craft market stalls from local artisans, delicious international street food and several hands-on activities.
The Art Garden is a celebration of how gardens and plants supported our well-being during the lockdowns.
Stroll through the magical winter garden during the day then later, take a seat, because it transforms into an outdoor cinema screening the all-time Christmas favorite ‘Elf’.
Francine Hayfron, Cultural Park Keeper of Whitworth Gallery said: “There’s something for everyone. Whether you want to get create in a workshop, watch some amazing acts and have a dance, enjoy some food and drink, or relax and watch a film we’ve got you covered.”
The Frost Fair is free to attend and is located at The Whitworth, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6ER.
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Police appeal for information regarding ‘serious assault’ around Old Trafford before United game in October
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are appealing for fresh information on a “serious assault” committed around the Old Trafford area earlier this year.
GMP issued a press release on Friday, 9 December, asking for members of the public to come forward and share any details they might have on the attack carried along Seymour Grove in Trafford around 1:30pm on 16 October 2022.
They go on to explain that “a man in his 20s was assaulted by a group of unknown males” on the way to the game at Old Trafford, adding that “it is believed that the suspects were also attending the Manchester United vs Newcastle United match.”
It remains unclear whether or not the assailants were travelling fans in town to support the away side but GMP are looking to speak to the men pictured as they may be able to help with enquiries.
As detailed in the statement, “the victim suffered a severely broken jaw, a broken nose, numerous cuts to the face, and damage to the nerves of four teeth which he is likely to need further medical treatment for.” Terrible stuff.
The authorities are continuing to investigate the Seymour Grove assault after having followed up on a number of lines of enquiry since the incident took place and are now asking for the public’s help.
Anyone with information, or anyone who may have footage/images, or can identify the men in the photos, can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101, quoting log number 1589 on 16/10/22; or, alternatively use the Live Chat service HERE.
Alternatively, information can be shared anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Featured Image — Greater Manchester Police/David Dixon (via Geograph)
Football fans call out ‘tone-deaf’ FA TikTok for mocking ‘life-threatening’ head injury
Football fans are calling out the official FA Cup TikTok account for mocking a serious head injury suffered by a Stockport County player earlier this week.
The Hatters beat Charlton Athletic in fine fashion with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday, 7 December, with Will Collar’s hattrick (the club’s first since 2019) sending them through to the next round of the cup.
However, another notable moment from the night was right back Macauley Southam-Hales’ collision with advertising hoarders after a shove from Charlton captain George Dobson.
As the likes of County fan Joel Ward wrote on Twitter, many online were quick to slam the clip for joking about an injury that hospitalised the player, the consensus being that it isn’t a “great look” for the FA.
While many reacting in the comments recognised that Dobson didn’t intend to hurt Southam-Hales by shepherding the ball out of play, the Stockport defender does hit the predominantly metal structure with some force and was left in clear discomfort following the smash.
The video itself has since been removed from the official account following the backlash but people are still reacting as the clip continues to be reshared on social media.
The clip was branded as everything from “disgusting” and “disgraceful” to “simply unbelievable”.
What’s most concerning is that despite the recent push to promote awareness surrounding concussions, brain trauma and even heading the ball – which, historically, haven’t been properly monitored in football – whoever posted the video on behalf of the FA didn’t consider the very serious nature of the incident.
As alluded to above, perhaps what makes the post even more shocking and tone-deaf is that it comes just weeks after Bath City player forward Alex Fletcher was placed in intensive care following an almost identical accident.
The 23-year-old underwent life-saving brain surgery and although he has since been discharged from the hospital, he is said to have a “long road to recovery ahead of him”.
County confirmed that despite being the all-clear pitchside, Southam-Hales was taken to the hospital as a precaution after he suffered significant swelling around the neck area. Nevertheless, as we know all too well, it could have been much worse.
As for the FA, they have now apologised for the inappropriate attempt at humour, confirming that they have removed the video from all official accounts, admitting that “it should never have been published and assuring that they will “review [their] processes to ensure this never happens again.”
You can watch the full highlights from Stockport County vs Charlton Athletic HERE but we’d recommend you watch Alan Shearer reminding everyone who plays football to be more vigilant when it comes to head injuries.