Mancunians are obviously our favourite kind of people and when we see images of them doing daft stuff like swimming in a flooded subway like it’s an Olympic swimming pool, we love them even more.
These were the scenes just down the road in Salford near the Regent Road Roundabout and the M602 on Thursday, 15 June after a water main burst in the day and kept pumping waves into the nearby subway.
It’s as yet unclear what caused the burst pipe but it continued well into the evening and turned the pedestrian passageway into a makeshift swimming pool, but it came just at the right time as Manc baked in the 26C heat.
As you can see, this wasn’t just a trickle of water or a bit of a ‘big puddle’, the ended up filling the flooded Salford subway more than halfway up the height of the wall, so much so that an entire crowd of Manc kids could swim in it and cool off.
We have the utmost respect for the man doing full-on lengths at 11 o’clock at night.
It’s not even the first time this has happened, either, as a local commented that “this happens every year all over the area as kids who have a stolen tool open the hydrants”, adding that it’s now “an annual hot weather event” and the response time is “criminal” — it’s giving proper Shameless vibes.
We regret to inform you that United Utilities were sent out to fix the burst pipe as we were secretly hoping for more videos like this and we could do with somewhere to go and cool off, to be honest.
Featured Image — @jacobbmc2/@TEMPMCR (via Twitter)
Manchester United are once again opening up Old Trafford and Red Café for ‘Warm Hub’ evenings
Manchester United are once again opening their doors to people in need this winter as they kick off the 2023 season of ‘Warm Hub’ evenings at Old Trafford.
The community support initiative is returning after the success of last year’s campaign which welcomed locals through the doors to Man United’s iconic home ground and the attached Red Café, helping thousands stay warm, grab a hot drink and a snack, as well as socialise with others.
Focusing on those vulnerable during the colder months, as well as those who might feel worried or lonely during the festive period, United‘s Warm Hubs proved to be a truly impactful resource to many Mancunians in 2022 and will no doubt do the same this year.
Starting from Monday, 4 December and repeating every week right through until January, the area will be available to everyone and completely free, staying open from 5-8pm every session.
To sign up for the Warm Hub evenings — part of the wider ‘United By Your Side’ campaign — people can arrive at Old Trafford and register via the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand reception and will then be guided into the Red Café where they can grab a brew and something to eat.
Completely open to the public, the United Foundation will also be delivering a multi-layered approach to support the local community this time around, hoping to be an even more vital outlet to people around Greater Manchester than ever.
In addition to the obvious physical benefits of the warm space, the club want the ground to be a welcoming place for those looking for social connection over the holidays and beyond to spend time with others in friendly and safe surroundings.
As a charity supporting children and young people, the Foundation has focused its efforts on supporting families amidst the cost-of-living crisis after participants from its Youth Voice groups expressed concerns over being cold during the winter months.
As a result, the Foundation has now invested more than £100,000 in over 22,000 warm clothing items for every young person across its 77 partner schools in Greater Manchester and beyond, including hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and more.
These items have complemented the winter coats that were distributed earlier this year, following the matchday appeal that was held ahead of the Brentford fixture in October at Old Trafford — a brilliant drive that the club is also hoping to continue.
Donations from fans, club staff and men’s and women’s team players have also led to more than 2,000 coats being received, all of which have since been redistributed to identified families in need, local poverty charities and a charity in Ukraine. Heartwarming stuff.
Similarly, more than 200 shoeboxes – received thanks to Manchester United and Foundation staff – will be handed out to identified children as gifts ahead of the festive season.
Speaking on the return of the scheme, United’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Collette Roche, said: “We want people who are struggling to know that they are not alone, particularly in our local community…
“Sadly, we also know many of our young people will be facing challenges during the winter period and we hope by providing them with some warm winter clothing or a Christmas gift through the Foundation’s great work we will bring some joy and support to those in need.”
Children under 16 attending this year’s sessions must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 16. The last warm hub evening of 2023 will be taking place on 18 December and will resume again in the New Year from 8 January until the last Monday of the month (29 January).
Featured Images — Manchester United Foundation/Valeriy Borzov (via Unsplash)
‘Homeless’ man found dead in Manchester’s Gay Village
A man believed to be homeless has been found dead in a shop doorway in Gay Village following another cold night in Manchester.
Discovered on Sunday, emergency services were called to Bloom Street after witnesses saw him lying on steps in the doorway of a shop between the Village Chippy and Roadie’s takeaway.
Greater Manchester Police said the man found sleeping rough was “sadly declared deceased” at the scene and authorities are not treating his death as suspicious at this time.
His passing comes after the North West was hit with a yellow heat-health alert, with the Met Office and UKHSA warning that winter conditions place the elderly, clinically vulnerable and the homeless population at risk.
While his cause of death is yet to be determined, the freezing temperatures are thought to be a likely factor and a forensic tent was erected at the scene.
A passerby admitted that he thought the man was simply asleep but after a couple exiting the car park opposite went over to check on him only to find him not moving, they called the ambulance around 10am.
His identity and age are still yet to be confirmed, with GMP adding in a statement: “This investigation is in its very early stages and the cause of death is yet to be ascertained.”
Unfortunately, Manchester still has some of the highest levels of homelessness in the UK. According to statistics published by Shelter in January this year, the city ranks the third-highest in the country, with around 7,407 people (i.e. one in 74 people) experiencing homelessness.