The owners of a new restaurant and bar soon set to open in Chorlton have appealed to thieves to return plants stolen from boxes outside the front of the premises.
Following the success of its Wilmslow branch, which opened doors in 2017, Suburban Green – a popular “urban retreat” restaurant and bar specialising in “a carefully crafted small plates menu, classic cocktails, craft beers and fine wines” – is set to open on Beech Road in the Manchester suburb of Chorlton in the new year.
But sadly, the currently-under-construction premises has seen thieves – who’s identity is currently unknown – dig up and steal a number of plants sitting in wooden planters outside the front of the restaurant.
Now, the owners are appealing to the thieves to “return what’s not theirs”.
Taking to social media to share news of the “heartbreaking sight” and ask thieves to return the stolen plants on the Chorlton Facebook group, Sinead O’Donnell – whose husband and business partner are the owners of Suburban Green – wrote: “This is a heartbreaking sight after all the investment of love, time, effort and finance that my husband and his business partner have but into Suburban Green, Beech Road.
“Not only are they challenged by the current restrictions to hospitality businesses but also by someone who wants to take – what’s not theirs.”
The post in the group – which has over 40K active members – has since gone on to amass hundreds of interactions, shares and comments from people all across the Chorlton community and throughout Greater Manchester, sharing in the owners’ devastation at the abhorrent act, as well as sending messages of support to the local, independent business at a time when it truly needs it most.
In light of the recent changes to Christmas plans announced by the UK government this past weekend, the owners of Suburban Green also went on to send out a message of support to the community, encouraging the public to unite and “support each other”, as well as “forgive those that make mistakes”.
They also urged those who stole the plants to “restore faith in humanity” by returning them.
Sinead continued: “Let’s continue to support each other, watch out for each other, care for one another and give to those who are struggling more than ourselves and forgive those that make mistakes.
“Whoever’s taken these plants – please return them.
“That would restore my faith in the good that’s in us all and provide a touch of magic this (grim looking) Christmas.”
You can find more information ahead of the grand Chorlton opening via the Suburban Green website here, and you can also follow Suburban Green on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest updates.
Suburban Green Chorlton, 60 Beech Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, M21 9EG
Sir David Jason set for TV return in Only Fools and Horses documentary Christmas special
In a surprise bit of festive news, the only and only Sir David Jason is returning for an Only Fools and Horses Christmas special this December. Lovely jubbly!
The best-loved and most-watched British comedy of all time will be back on our screens in documentary form this festive season, with Del Boy himself David Jason revisiting the iconic comedy character after 20 years he last played him on screen.
While the legendary sitcom was broadcast on BBC back in the day, the highly-anticipated Only Fools doc will be airing on Channel 5 right before Christmas as a special one-off programme.
Looking back on the show’s incredible run on UK screens over seven series and the several ‘Christmas Cracker’ specials, specifically, the latest Only Fools and Horses documentary will see Jason and a number of other guests appearing to chat about the legendary show.
While it’s still unclear how many of the original cast will be appearing, Jason’s on-screen wife Tessa Peake-Jones (Raquel) is confirmed to be appearing along with other special guests including newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Bendiorm‘s Sherrie Hewson.
Sadly, a full theatrical reunion just isn’t on the cards following the deaths of Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger), Kenneth MacDonald (Mike the Landlord) and Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) in the 30 years since the show ended its run.
Only Fools writer John Sullivan also sadly passed away aged 64 in 2011 and fellow co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, a.k.a. Rodney Trotter, told Metro: “We can’t. John is no longer with us. John was the driving force of the show and we have also lost quite a few cast members now.
“I don’t think I could do it without them and I certainly couldn’t do it without John. At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David has been at funerals.”
Simply entitled, ‘The Story Of Only Fools And Horses At Christmas’, the 90-minute special is yet to have its broadcast date fully confirmed but you best keep your eyes peeled on the TV guide — we’ll let you know as soon we do.
Jason, 81, has only just recovered from hip surgery earlier this year, so it’ll be nice to see his familiar grin back on our screens.
Right, we’re off to binge a whole series on UK Gold.
Scott McTominay jokes he’s ‘fuming’ he didn’t score a hat-trick against Chelsea as he reflects on Man United’s mentality
Scott McTominay has joked he’s “fuming” with himself after failing to score a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday nightand shed some light on the mentality around Old Trafford.
McTominay starred in the Red Devils’ win over Mauricio Pochettino’s side on a cold night at home, managing to bag a brace with a goal in the first and second half to get his squad over the line, but he himself said he could have had more.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, the 26-year-old said he and the squad knew they needed to drum up a reaction after the Newcastle disappointment, adding that contributing more goals is something he wants to keep working on and insisting that plenty of people back him to do so.
Confessing that his mum, dad and grandad have all been encouraging him to “get in the box” and that he just needs to “believe in [him]self and go for it”, the Scotsman did go on to quip he was “fuming” to not grab a third as he shook his head went on to shake and reveal a wry smile.
Commentator and presenter Stewart Gardner went on to list McTominay’s impressive stats this season, having now scored 14 goals in his last 33 appearances for club and country. A seriously good rate from a midfielder typically entrusted to help link play and break things up in the middle of the park.
Now boasting half a dozen goals and an assist across all competitions so far this campaign, he sits as the club’s leading goalscorer in the Premier League with five finishes to his name — with only Bruno Fernandes having contributed more (five goals and five assists) — he’s genuinely become one of Man United’s main goal threats.
While he recently rubbished talk that he played as a striker regularly coming up through the youth academy, simply having been deployed for the odd game in reality, he has always had a shot on him and it isn’t the first time he’s bagged a winner or a big goal for the Reds. This wasn’t a bad one either:
Chatting with the pundits on Amazon Prime Sport, he reiterated that he could have had “one or two more” on another night and agreed that the performance against Newcastle in the previous fixture was “pretty abysmal”, holding his hands up to admit that it was “no way near good enough”.
Reflecting on the later chance he had to seal the hat-trick towards the end of the game, he said he simply needed to “calm down on the last one”.
As for the mentality to get the result during a difficult period where the club remained under a lot of scrutiny from pundits and fans alike, McTominay went on to say that the manager is responsible for the way they played and some “lighter training sessions to keep energy levels up” definitely helped.
Regardless, he was sure to not get ahead of himself and assured ten Hag‘s team were still taking things a game at a time. You can watch the full highlights from Manchester United vs Chelsea down below: