Manchester Pride has announced that the highly-anticipated Parade event has been cancelled for 2021.
The LGBTQ+ festival – which historically takes over the city every August Bank Holiday weekend – had its 2020 edition cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the charity confirmed earlier this year it would be going ahead next month.
The celebratory festival is due to be one of the more significant events taking place in the city centre following the lifting of lockdown restrictions earlier this week – but the announcement of the cancellation of this year’s Parade comes after organisers confirmed it held a number of COVID safety advisory group meetings yesterday.
Manchester Pride announced the Parade cancellation in a statement published to its official social media platforms this evening.
The statement read: “Whilst the Government announced an end to restrictions on 19 July, there were guidelines issued to support the safe delivery of large scale events [and] unfortunately, we are extremely sad to say that following this announcement and subsequent COVID safety advisory group meetings yesterday, we recognise that it is not possible for us to deliver the much-loved and anticipated Parade.”
The charity has apologised for the cancellation, but hopes attendees “understand the tough decision we had to take”, before reassuring that every other element of the festival will be “just as fabulous as expected”.
Several other events have been announced to take place instead of the Parade, including five ‘Equality Marches’ on Saturday 28 August.
The marches will be limited to just 400 people per march, with 2,000 participating overall.
The Manchester Pride Parade is a march for equality and one of the Festival’s most highly-anticipated events.
Thousands of people march proudly together through the streets of the city centre in front of tens of thousands of supporters and allies cheering them along the way.
2019’s Manchester Pride Parade was said to have been the “biggest and boldest yet”, with a whopping 200 organisations, over 14,000 people marching and tens of thousands spectators filling the streets with colour.
The theme for the Manchester Pride Parade 2021 was due to have been ‘Garden Of Freedom’.
Government refuses to deny reports HS2 may not run from Manchester to central London
The UK government is refusing to deny recent reports that HS2 may not run from Manchester directly through to central London.
The Sun reported this week that HS2 is currently in “shambles” and that rising inflation and construction costs could mean that trains may terminate in the suburbs of west London instead of London Euston, as has always been planned – with the paper saying transport bosses were considering pushing back the service’s Euston terminus to 2038, or even scrapping it all together.
The paper reported that trains would be instead stopping at a new hub at Old Oak Common in west London’s suburbs, which is about 8km (five miles) away from Euston.
Passengers would then have to finish their journeys into central London by using the Elizabeth Line.
On top of all of this, the paper also reported that anywhere between a two to five-year delay to the entire project is also being considered by the government, however ministers are refusing to confirm or deny any of the reports.
A statement provided by a Department for Transport (DfT) spokesperson reads: “The Government remains committed to delivering HS2 to Manchester, as confirmed in the autumn statement, and as well as supporting tens of thousands of jobs, the project will connect regions across the UK, improve capacity on our railways and provide a greener option of travel.”
HS2, which has the full name High Speed 2, was originally intended to connect London with Birmingham, Manchester, and Leeds.
The leg to Leeds has since been scrapped in November 2021, but work on the first phase of the project between London and Birmingham is now well under way, with a part of the line due to open by 2033, despite the fact the project has faced delays and mounting concerns over the exact route, and its potential environmental impact.
While a budget of £55.7 billion for the whole of HS2 was set in 2015, this was made before the Leeds leg was cancelled, and the estimated cost of HS2 was therefore set between £72 billion and £98 billion at 2019 prices.
A report published last October found it was unlikely that the £40.3 billion target for the first section of the line would be met.
A senior figure at the DfT warned last week that ” tough decisions” could lie ahead for the scheme.
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This hidden Manchester pasta and dumplings restaurant has just made the Michelin Guide
Michelin has just added some new additions to its guide, and one of our favourite Manchester restaurants has finally made the cut.
Loved by locals for its continental pasta and dumplings, gorgeous European wine list and sake collection, The Sparrows in the Green Quarter is something of a hidden gem – tucked in a disused railway arch on Red Bank.
It received rave reviews from local and national critics alike when it first opened in 2019 in a tiny space with room for just 12 covers. Since then, it’s relocated to a bigger home and its following has grown significantly.
After spending years wowing foodies in the know, the restaurant has made it onto the radar of Michelin’s inspectors at last – and we have to say, the accolade is well deserved indeed.
Front of house is headed up by Polish-born Kasia Hitchcock with her chef partner Franco Concli at the helm in the kitchen. Plates celebrate Franco’s Tyrolean heritage, with their signature dish spätzle, a rustic fresh egg pasta from which the restaurant takes its name, sitting front and centre.
Traditionally made by scraping dough from the wooden board straight into a pot of boiling water, these irregular-shaped delights translate from Swabian-German to mean “little sparrows.”
Served in multiples ways, they can be enjoyed either savoury or sweet – mixed with braised onions into a creamy gruyere and Emmental cheese sauce, as is traditional, or transformed into a pudding with a touch of cinnamon, brown sugar and butter.
Joining the now seventeen Manchester restaurants to be featured in the prestigious guide, its description reads as follows: “Nestled under the railway arches in Manchester’s Green Quarter is a restaurant whose name is (almost) the English translation of the word ‘spätzle’ – which gives some clue as to the style of food on offer here.
“The dumplings and assorted pasta dishes are all made in-house and include excellent pierogi. The focus on Eastern Europe carries through to the wine list, which has a leaning towards Polish wines.”