Viral tweet shows the dramatic change in Salford – and not everyone is happy about it
A viral tweet showing the rapid development of Salford has sparked a fierce debate this week.
A pair of images posted side-by-side shows how many buildings have sprung up where there was once only fields.
The pictures were both taken around the Middlewood Locks development, with Beetham Tower looming in the background.
But while the Manchester landmark is surrounded by other buildings in 2022, back in 2008 it was alone on the skyline.
In the last decade, blocks of residential apartments have sprung up in this part of Salford.
The tweet has even made its way onto the viral Archbishop of Banterbury page.
Many have said it’s encouraging to see so much investment into the region, while others are lamenting the loss of the open space that was here before.
One person said: “I prefer the picture on the right. This was rough, but a much needed bit of green between the concrete jungles if White City and Salford Quays. Now lost, again. Salford needs houses, but dilapidated estates can be refreshed. Or what, tarmac Chat Moss next?”
Another commented: “One a barren urban landscape, the other with space and wildlife. Which is better?”, to which the original poster asked: “Where do you suppose people live then?”
Someone else wrote: “I’m from the Salford on the right. I’ve just moved back to a neighbourhood just outside Salford because us locals have been priced out of the Salford on the left. I love this city and the growth and investment has both its upsides and downsides, but gentrification means the locals and poorest in the community will always suffer most.”
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One person echoed the sentiments of many, that green space should be prioritised in the city, writing: “The picture on the right is much more appealing. Open space, bright, green land. Planning of buildings and space utilisation must be better than this.”
One user added: “Whilst the investment in the city is awesome and provides people with places to live, there is a part of me that will miss these post industrial landscapes as they continue to disappear.”
What do you think? Welcome new housing or the sad loss of green space?
Featured image: Twitter, @HarryHamishGray
Portugal deny claims Ronaldo threatened to leave World Cup after being benched
Portugal have denied recent claims that Cristiano Ronaldo threatened to leave the 2022 World Cup after he was benched before their match against Switzerland.
Speaking in an official statement, the Portuguese FA rubbished a number of reports that their all-time leading goalscorer and national hero threatened to leave the tournament following manager Fernando Santos’ decision to drop him ahead of the game in the round of 16.
Ironically, the previous European champions weren’t left in short supply of goals, as they went on to win in a staggering 6-1 victory against the Swiss, with Ronaldo only coming on for 17 minutes at the end.
Nevertheless, the Portugal Football Federation (FPF) has insisted that no such conversation took place between the player and head coach Santos. As per national outlet A Bola, Ronaldo has apparently also made it clear that his country’s success at Qatar 2022 is his top priority.
The FPF went on to clarify in the statement: “Cristiano Ronaldo builds up a unique track record every day at the service of the national team and the country, which must be respected and which attests to the unquestionable degree of commitment to the national team.”
They also went on to thank him for his dedication and continued contribution to the squad by coming on as a substitute regardless of his reaction to being dropped.
The statement concludes by saying that the “players, coaches and FPF structure is, as it has been since the first day, fully committed and enthusiastic in building what the country wants to be Portugal’s best-ever participation in a World Cup.
While everyone is currently focused on football’s biggest competition, Ronaldo is reportedly set to join Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr FC in a record-breaking deal worth over €200 million.
This comes after his second spell at Manchester United ended in spectacular fashion following a tell-all interview with Piers Morgan. He is still set to earn £16 million in compensation following his abrupt exit.
Safe to say his legacy, at least among United fans, isn’t what it once was.
Will he silence his critics by adding a World Cup trophy to his long list of accolades?
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Featured Image — Portugal/Cristiano Ronaldo (via Twitter)
Peter Kay issues heartfelt thanks to Manchester fans and teases ANOTHER big announcement
Peter Kay has sent a lovely message to fans in Manchester after making his triumphant return to the live scene last weekend.
The Bolton comedian has just ticked off the first two nights of a mammoth run at the AO Arena, which includes 42 Manchester shows between now and 2025.
On his opening night – his first real venture into the spotlight since he largely stepped away from the public eye 12 years ago – he was moved to tears by the standing ovation he received before he’d even started the show.
And now Peter has issued a heartfelt thank you message.
He said in a statement: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the first shows in Manchester.
“It was incredible to be part of such a happy experience.
“Everybody deserves a bit of joy. Here’s to a lot more in the shows to come!!”
And that’s not all – his post also hinted that there’s yet another announcement to come (because apparently more than 100 tour dates and breaking the internet with ticket demand wasn’t enough).
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His post continued: “P.S. Big announcement Thursday on Sara Cox Drivetime Show just after 6pm.”
Peter is best-known to many for his show Peter Kay’s Car Share.
Is the fact he’s chosen a drive-time radio show to make his announcement pure coincidence?