Appeal for witnesses after scooter rider is left seriously hurt in crash

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash in Wythenshawe which left a man seriously injured.

The crash happened at 12.20pm on Thursday 15, when a silver Skoda Rapide and a silver Honda NES scooter were in collision on Walney Road at the junction with Woodhouse Lane.

The Honda scooter was travelling along Nearbrook Road as the Skoda Rapide travelled along Woodhouse lane before they collided at the crossroads.

The 29-year-old man riding the Honda scooter was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for a facial fractures and other serious injuries.

The driver of the Skoda remained at the scene to speak with officers.

No arrests have been made.

Police Constable Philip Shaw of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “My thoughts are with the man as he receives treatment in hospital and I would urge anyone who witnessed this collision to please get in touch.

“Road closures were in place for over five hours while investigation work was carried out and our enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision remain ongoing.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4741 quoting reference number 813 of 15/02/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


This Vibrant Thing festival comes to Wythenshawe Library

8GOLD RINGS_1A free festival featuring musicians, hip-hop artists and spoken word performers in coming to Wythenshawe Library tomorrow (Saturday March 17).

The This Vibrant Thing festival is taking place at two other libraries across Manchester – Longsight and North City in Harpurhey as well as Wythenshawe.

Bringing some of the UK’s most vital rising talents,  artists including hip-hop collective, 8 Gold Rings, critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter, Mica Miller and acclaimed hip-hop explorer, Abnormal Sleepz will perform.

Staged as part of Creative Spaces, a cultural initiative of Manchester Libraries, in partnership with creative change makers, Platform Mcr, THIS VIBRANT THING will see libraries transformed through music, poetry, spoken word, installations, visual art and more, featuring a line-up of rising stars, renowned artists and local talent.

Hands-on experiences, including yoga and art workshops, will give audiences the chance to test both their physical and creative flexibility.






REVIEW: The Sound of Music @ The Palace, Manchester

39634_fullThe Sound of Music is at the Palace Theatre this week and is sure to have fans of the timeless musical singing along to those classic tunes.

This tale of love blossoming between novice nun Maria and the frosty Captain von Trapp when she arrives as governess to his children has been a regular festive favourite in Christmas TV schedules and is now beautifully brought to the stage with impressive and lavish sets and high production values.

It is based on the true story of the von Trapp family singers who fled Nazi-occupied Austria as political refugees.

After a slightly underwhelming start to the show when it would have been nice to have seen a little more personality from the nuns ruminating about how to solve a problem like Maria, the production picks up with some delightful performances by the children.

Lucy O’Byrne does well as Maria, delivering those familiar tunes with aplomb. Neil McDermott seemed to struggle as the Captain in the first half of the show with some of his singing being drowned by the music, but his performance grew on me and he did much better after the interval.

The interval came following a truly show-stopping performance of Climb Every Mountain, by Megan Llewellyn in the role of Mother Abbess. It was magnificent.

Acclaim should also go to Kara Lane and Howard Samuels who excelled in the roles of the Captain’s prospective wife Elsa and impressario Max Detweiler. Neither would be out of place in Hollywood roles.

Overall, a charming production which is well worth a visit.

Runs till Saturday March 17

REVIEW: Hamlet @ Bolton Octagon

Hamlet Production PhotosPhoto Credit : The Other Richard

David Ricardo-Pearce as Hamlet                                   Pic: Richard Davenport

If you are new to Shakespeare, trying to take in his longest and most quoted work could understandably be considered to be thrown in at the deep end.

But there can be no better introduction to the bard than this stunning production at the Bolton Octagon which presents an accessible and absorbing drama,  as gripping as McMafia or Collateral, without compromising on the themes Shakespeare sought to explore more than 400 years ago.

Hamlet is the classic revenge tragedy – the story of a young prince attempting to avenge the death of his father at the hands of his uncle who has usurped the throne and the dead king’s widow. Hamlet’s obsession is at the core of this drama and David Ricardo-Pearce portrayal is excellent.

The universal and timeless themes are brilliantly explored with Denmark transformed into a more contemporary militaristic  regime where the soldiers carry AK47s and the leaders are dictators akin to Stalin or Putin.

There are two halves of 75 minutes, punctuated by a 20 minute interval, and action flies by – such is the quality of the production.

And it is no one-man show. Brian Prothero is superb as the usurper, Claudio with Eric Potts delivering a suitably tragi-comic portrayal of the bumbling  civil servant Polonius, recast as a priest for this production. Also worth a mention is Margot Leicester whose portrayal Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude – now married to her former brother-in-law, the new King – is sensational.

The Octagon’s former artistic director, David Thacker, who was  invited back to direct this production, can  be proud of what has been achieved. The theatre’s 50th anniversary season goes from strength to strength.

Runs till March 10.

Dave Toomer


Manchester’s deputy leader meeting with EU’s Brexit chief

Manchester City Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Sue Murphy, is meeting with chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier today in bid to ensure the needs of communities are met after Britain leaves the EU.

The Wythenshawe councillor is among a delegation representing the ten UK cities at the heart of the biggest urban areas outside London, meeting the EU chief negotiator today (Monday, 19 Feb). Read More…

Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following attack on teenager

Pic: Mark Andrews

Police investigating an attack on a 17-year-old boy in Wythenshawe which left him seriously injured have made two arrests.

Shortly before 9pm on Wednesday 14 February 2018, police were called to Oatlands Road to reports that a 17-year-old boy had been assaulted by a group of people.

The boy was taken to hospital with serious head injuries, where he remains in a serious condition.

Today, Friday 16 February 2018, police have arrested a 20 year-old man and a 16-year-old boy on suspicion of attempted murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Clitherow, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “Following this brutal attack on a 17-year-old boy a team of detectives set about finding those responsible.

“Today we have made two arrests.

“Our investigation is still continuing however and the team are working tirelessly to find out what exactly lead to this 17-year-old boy fighting for his life.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident number 1928 of 14/02/18, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

The geek is back for Circus Funtasia in Wythenshawe Park

Geeky clown Emilion heads up Circus Funtasia’s fiery new show this Half Term

Instead of face-paint and big wigs, comic clown Emilion Delbosq prefers a smart shirt and geeky glasses when he performs in the ring. Enigmatic and energetic, Emilion is centre-stage at Circus Funtasia with their brand new 2018 show, which opens on February 16 in Wythenshawe Park.

“Last time I performed with Funtasia was back in 2016. I’m back this year with plenty of new surprises and laughs up my sleeve!” His unique blend of nerdy humour and seamless showmanship is a hit with all ages.

Emilion says, “Thrill-seekers will love this year’s cast which includes the whip-cracking, fire-breathing Antonio Candela. He’s a hot act to follow!”

Antonio’s act fuses real flames with dramatic tricks. Antonio also performs a comedy ladder act, guaranteed to make you laugh as he falls off and sets himself on fire.

Heading up the stunts inside a giant rotating ‘Wheel of Death’ are daredevil Duo Sifolinis. Watch as they alternate between spinning wheels in the air, complete with blindfold and skipping rope. Plus Circus Funtasia’s infamous Globe of Death motorcyclists are back with new riders and new routines taking the Wall of Death to a whole new dimension.

Lucy-Louise shows off her dazzling power in a dangerous routine high in the air. Dangling from the roof of the Big Top, Lucy swings and dances over the audience. Petite Felicia performs an aerial act known as Straps, which sees her twist and hold her body into impressive positions on a long elastic strap, requiring great strength and years of experience.

Strength is the key ingredient in Hungarian acrobat Atilla’s act. Once a painter and decorator, Atilla now puts himself in the spotlight with a dramatic hand-balancing act. Balancing on poles up to 2m high to Sam Smith’s ‘Only Human’, he certainly tests the limits of the human body.

“A hula hoop and tightrope act is performed by French artist Elodie. And our teenage Harley Quinn lookalike Nia will also be back on her Segway, making everyone envious of her incredible knife-juggling skills!” says Emilion.

You won’t find any animals at Circus Funtasia. Ringmistress Tracy Jones explained “with state of the art lighting and a modern soundtrack, we’re moving away from circuses of yesteryear. We love being a contemporary family show that everyone can enjoy.”

Circus Funtasia runs twice daily from Friday 16th until Sunday 25th February in Wythenshawe Park. Visit or call 07706168507 for more details and to book.

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