Fire crew who saved Wythenshawe Hall return as work steps up to restore historic building

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Pic: Mark Waugh

The fire crew who helped save Wythenshawe Hall from fire devastation have visited the historic building a year on as work begins to repair the roof and exterior.

The fire could have been end for the much-loved building had it not been for the heroic efforts of Greater Manchester Fire Services officers, who battled through a March night last year to prevent the destruction of the largely timber-framed medieval hall.

Despite these efforts, the fire caused a large amount of damage to the roof and several key rooms at the hall, and smoke damage through large portions of the property. Read More…

REVIEW: The Commitments@ The Palace, Manchester

4. The Commitments, photo credit Johan Persson

Pic: Johan Persson

The combination of that beautiful Dublin twang, a gritty but unapologetically feel-good story and those timeless soul classics is what has made the Commitments a great film and now a hugely enjoyable stage show.

And there is little to disappoint fans of the show in this Manchester Palace production which sees Andrew Linnie in the role Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into Dublin’s “hardest working band.”

Linnie gives a creditable performance as Roddy Doyle’s iconic creation and Brian Gilligan also does well as the uncouth but gifted singer, Deco.

Optimized-3. Jimmy's Da (Kevin Kennedy) in The Commitments photo credit Johan PerssonThe show also sees Corrie legend, Kevin Kennedy in the role Jimmy’s Da who maintains the laughter but whose slips into the Manc when he has to say more than a couple of sentences.

After a fairly sedate first half the show builds to a fabulous crescendo with appreciative audience rocking in the aisles by the end.

Coronation Street legend, Kevin Kennedy, is to star as Jimmy’s Da in the UK tour of the critically acclaimed musical The Commitments written by Roddy Doyle, which comes to the Palace Theatre, Manchester, from Monday 27 March to Saturday 8 April 2017.

The show has been adapted for the stage by Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, from his original novel. Directed by C Jay Ranger, The Commitments is packed with more than 20 classic soul songs performed live on stage including: Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, River Deep, Mountain High, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Reach Out, Uptight, Knock On Wood, I Can’t Turn You Loose .

Runs till April 8

Manchester stands with London in tribute to terror attack victims

WythenshawCllr-Sue-Murphy-2012-190x190e councillor and Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, Sue Murphy has announced a vigil will take place tonight at Manchester Town Hall in solidarity with the people of London and in remembrance of those who lost their lives and were injured during yesterday’s attack.

During the vigil on Albert Square, the town hall will be lit red, white and blue, and the flag will fly at half-mast in tribute. Read More…

Wythenshawe school principal back home after Westminster terror ordeal

MEAThe principal of a Wythenshawe academy school is back home safe with his family after he was caught up in yesterday’s terror attack in Westminster.

James Eldon, Principal of Manchester Enterprise Academy in Wythenshawe, was in the House of Commons as the horror unfolded in which five people died 40 were injured.

Mr Eldon was meeting with Education Minister Nick Gibb MP to discuss the Academy and education issues. Read More…

Wythenshawe MP pays tribute to victims of Westminster “terror incident”

wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe’s Mike Kane was among MPs caught up in what police are describing as a terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament.

A police officer was stabbed just inside Westminster Palace Gate, and at least one woman has died and others seriously injured after a car ploughed into people on Westminster Bridge.

Labour’s Mike Kane was in the House of Commons chamber which was put in lockdown as the incident was dealt with by police.

Mr Kane told the Wythenshawe Reporter: “The victims are in my thoughts and prayers”. Read More…

Man killed in Wythenshawe crash “died a hero”

A man who was struck by a car in a road accident in Benchill earlier this week has died.

Paul John, from Wythenshawe, died in hospital last night, following the accident on Tuesday when he was struck by a Kia Picanto on Woodhouse Lane at the junction of Hollyhedge Road in Benchill.

The Manchester Evening News reported that the dad died a hero by pushing his nine-year-old daughter out of the way of the car to save her life. The youngster suffered only minor injuries following the crash.

Mr John, 47, also donated all of his organs to give the gift of life to others.


The Picanto, driven by an 88-year-old man also struck a 27 year-old woman with her two-year-old son who was in a push chair.


The woman was treated for a broken wrist but the boy was uninjured.

The driver of the Kia remained at the scene and is helping police with their enquiries. No arrests were made.

Man critical after road traffic accident in Benchill

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left in a critical condition and three others injured in a collision on Woodhouse Lane in Benchill, Wythenshawe.

Shortly before 4.45pm on Tuesday 14 March 2017 police were called to Woodhouse Lane at the junction of Hollyhedge Road, Benchill, to reports of a collision. Read More…

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