The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has unfortunately spelled the end for many events over the course of this past six months and weddings are sadly among those.
As of 28th September, weddings were reduced to 15 people to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, which has led many to suspend or rearrange their big days.
While some couples have still been able to tie the knot – albeit in a likely more toned-down and understated manner than may have been initially planned – many have not been so fortunate and have been victim to venue cancellations and date postponements.
Luckily though, a local gin distillery with a hidden tranquil valley sitting just outside of Manchester city centre is offering up its 200-acre site for a stunning socially-distanced wedding.
And it’s doing it completely free of charge.
Zymurgorium – a gin distillery located in Irlam – has a 200-acre lot that is the ideal outdoor hidden hideaway for a wedding venue, and with UK government potentially looking at changing regulations to allow larger outdoor weddings, this makes it the perfect spot.
The plot – which is almost entirely hidden and full of wildflower pastures and ancient woodland – is located just off the M60 on the outskirts of the Peak District national park.
It’s the ultimate rural backdrop to any countryside wedding.
Speaking on the decision to offer up the land as a wedding venue, Aaron Darke – owner of Zymurgorium – said: “We have been struck by so many people telling us that they cant have the wedding of their dreams anymore because of COVID-19 and the closure of so many venues.
“I have spoken to a few who have lost their deposits and we would love to help anyone in this situation.
“We have loads of space and the farm would make a beautiful backdrop for an outdoor wedding.”
For anyone who has lost a wedding venue for 2020 or 2021, Zymurgorium are offering up their stunning venue completely free of charge, but you will need to be able to prove you have lost a venue and deposit to qualify for the free hire.
If you’re interested in taking up the offer, you should call Zymurgorium on 0161 549899, or email: [email protected]
You can find more information via the Zymurgorium website here.
Incredible misty drone footage shows how Manchester earned its ‘Manctopia’ nickname
Drone footage captured from way above Manchester shows just how quickly the city has grown – and proves that our hometown is well on its way to earning its ‘Manctopia’ nickname.
Cast your mind back just a few years and you’ll remember that Beetham Tower stuck out like a sore thumb, towering many storeys above the next tallest building.
In fact, until just four years ago, the next-tallest building here was City Tower, which was a good 17 storeys shorter than Beetham Tower.
Then along came Renaker with visions for an entirely new skyscraper neighbourhood – Deansgate Square.
This group of skyscrapers now completely dominate the Manchester skyline, with the tallest building a massive 65 storeys tall.
South Tower is not only the tallest building in Greater Manchester, it’s also the 10th tallest in the entire UK, and the biggest outside of London.
It’s all led to Manchester being coined ‘Manctopia’, the name of a BBC documentary that followed property developers Capital & Centric as they redevelop buildings around the region.
One local photographer has managed to capture the unbelievable scale of our new, ultra-modern city skyline, with drone footage soaring among the skyscrapers.
Known on Instagram as @lef_tsotour, they shared a video taken on a misty Manchester morning.
It captures both Deansgate Square, with sun glinting off the many windows of the towers, and the now-dwarfed Beetham Tower.
You can also see the railway lines snaking through the city centre, cars nipping around the ring road, and the comparatively small apartment blocks around Castlefield.
Commenting on the video, one person said: “This is mint.”
Another wrote: “Fricken love this!!!!”
Featured image: @lef_tsotour
Question Time audience stunned as first-time buyer says mortgage quote DOUBLED
Thursday night’s Question Time audience could be heard audibly gasping after a fellow crowd member revealed that her mortgage quote had doubled followed the recent mini-budget.
Taping in Manchester on 29 September, the current events and politics programme was discussing property when would-be first-time buyer Rabia revealed that her mortgage offer had jumped from an initial amount of 4.5% interest to a shocking 10.5% in just a matter of days.
As you can see in the incredible clip, both the audience and the panel are taken aback at the revelation.
The Greater Manchester resident said she is desperate to know what the government’s plan for mortgages is as following the latest revision, she says she simply cannot afford to put the money down on her first home.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer weighed in on the social media reaction, quote tweeting the clip from his party’s own account and stating that “the Tories must get back to Parliament and reverse their kamikaze budget” as the current economic mess is being “paid for by working people”.
To make matters worse, Rabia was given no clarification from her lenders, only that they were pulling her offers. Conservative MP and Minister for Local Government, Faith and Communities, Paul Scully had little information to offer her either, simply stating it is a short-term effect and that the market will stabilise.
Scully was subject to an entirely different reaction from the audience as well after his blind attempts to defend Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng were met with laughter. Conversely, Richard Bacon was met with applause after he labelled the mini-budget “absurd”.
As if the anti-Tory sentiment wasn’t already at a high, the chancellor’s mini-budget – which saw the corporations, bankers and the generally wealthy benefit ahead of the working class – has seen fresh calls for a general election to be held as soon as possible.
Beyond declaring a so-called £2,500 limit on energy bills (which many have warned isn’t a guaranteed cap), there was seemingly very little in the way of policy that
For those still unclear as to what was announced in the divisive mini-budget, here is a quick summary:
Speaking in a speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool on Tuesday, Starmer said that the government “haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure.