Two hurt in crash near Manchester College, Wythenshawe

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic crash near Manchester College in Wythenshawe this morning, according to the Manchester Evening News.


REVIEW: Sunny Afternoon @ The Opera House, Manchester

SUNNY AFTERNOON TOUR - Ryan O'Donnell (Ray Davies) and Mark Newnham (Dave Davies). Photo Kevin Cummins

Photo: Kevin Cummins

After strolling on a hot sunny afternoon, what better way to spend an evening than to experience this top notch production celebrating the music of one of Britain’s best loved bands at the Opera House.


Sunny Afternoon is a marvellous rendition of the story of the Kinks, from their humble beginnings through the turbulent years of establishing themselves as the original Brit Pop masters, their setbacks and heartache, through to their eventual conquest of America. Read More…

Wythenshawe stages first ever Pride event in town

Manchester’s Lord Mayor, Cllr Carl Austin-Behan  will the special guest at Wythenshawe’s first ever Pride event tomorrow.


The former Mr Gay UK is Manchester’s first openly gay mayor and joins a strong line-up of people supporting the LGBT event in the town.

Hollyoaks star, Annie Wallace, best known for her role as Sally St Claire in the Channel Four  soap, will be at the event as well as local drag queen Cindi Sinful, and there will also be music from Claire Mooney.

The celebrations start at 10 am in the Forum Centre where there will be stalls, crafts and performance workshops.


Send Blair to court over Iraq war, says mother of Wythenshawe war hero

downloadThe mother of a Wythenshawe soldier who was killed in the Iraq war has called for former prime minister, Tony Blair to be “sent to court” following publication of the long awaited Chilcot Report.

The report, published today, is the result of a seven year inquiry by John Chilcot  which looked at why the UK went to war with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein,the background to the decision to go to war and whether British troops were properly equipped.

British troops spent six years in Iraq from 2003 to 2009 during which time 179 soldiers were killed with thousands of Iraqi deaths and casualties.

The legality of the war and the basis upon which the government sent troops to the conflict has been the source of fierce controversy. There has has also been damning criticism of the the standard of equipment supplied to soldiers fighting in the conflict

Private Lee Ellis, from Wythenshawe, was killed by a roadside bomb in 2006, aged 23, while in a Snatch Land Rover, dubbed “mobile coffins” by soldiers.

Pte Ellis’ family was among several who were given early sight of the 12 volume 2.6 million word report at the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London today.

His mother, Ronnie Bariek, from Wythenshawe, said she broke down in tears when she read the report.

Pte Ellis who was killed by a roadside bomb along with Cpt Richard Holmes, became the first hero to have his name added to a war memorial in Manchester since World War Two.

Ms Bariek said the report found that the vehicle her son was travelling in when it was destroyed by a home made bomb was “not fit for purpose”.

She told the press: “We went in thinking it was going to be a whitewash, but I actually cried.”

Asked what she wanted to happen next she said: “I would like to see Tony Blair sent to court.”

Snatch Landrovers were criticised for offering insufficient protection to British troops from roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some soldiers said they had to buy their own boots because the ones supplied by the Ministry of Defence weren’t good enough.

A report in 2003 also found that nuclear, chemical and biological weapon protection suits and desert clothing didn’t fit properly ameant some soldiers had to wear their normal green and black camouflage throughout the war.



REVIEW: The Mousetrap @ The Opera House, Manchester

Louise Jameson (Mrs Boyle) in the 60th Anniversary Tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap. Credit Liza Maria Dawson (2)Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit, the Mousetrap is back in Manchester this week as the show celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Famous across the world for being the longest-running show of any kind in the history of theatre, with over 26,000 performances in London, you can see why it has endured. Read More…

Wythenshawe MP quits shadow cabinet as Labour leader faces no confidence motion

-xO4l9Z-_400x400Wythenshawe Labour MP, Mike Kane has become the latest to quit the shadow cabinet as the bid to force leader Jeremy Corbyn to stand down continues.

Mr Kane broke the news on Twitter last night that he was standing down as shadow international development minister  following a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party.





Mr Corbyn has faced a deluge of resignations from his shadow cabinet following what his critics called a “lacklustre” performance in the EU referendum campaign. He will face a vote of no confidence motion today.

But 10,000 supporters who gathered for a hastily organized rally in Parliament Square last night were promised the Labour leader was “going nowhere”.

Members in Wythenshawe and Sale East voted to support Mr Corbyn in July last year when he stood as a  candidate for the party leadership. He  was elected with 59.5 of the vote, the biggest mandate of any British political leader, in an election campaign which saw an influx of thousands of new members.

Mr Corbyn has been criticised by Labour MPs  for not being forceful enough in arguing for Labour’s official position to remain in the European Union. Mr Corbyn supported remaining to protect jobs and workers rights while expressing reservations about the EU.

And MPs who support the leader said Mr Corbyn’s position chimed with the views of many in working class communities who shared his reservations.

If Mr Corbyn continues to stand firm and defy MPs it is likely that Labour Party members will decide his future in what is expected to be a bitter leadership battle with the prospect of a general election to choose a new government before the end of the year.

St Paul’s High School Summer Fayre

There will be fun for all the family at St Paul’s Catholic High School, in Newall Green when it stages its summer fayre on Sunday June 26th.

Attractions include stalls, a car boot sale, fun fair rides and entertainment at the event between 12 and 3pm. Anyone who wants a stall or car boot pitch should contact Angie Holland on 0161 499000.



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