Piccadilly Pulse: Have you sworn off anything for Lent?

 By Matt Simpson

It is that time of year again, when for forty days and forty nights many of us give something up (or pretend to) for Lent.

Originally conceived to abstain from rich foods – hence one final pancake-fuelled binge on Shrove Tuesday – but nowadays people are giving up unusual habits from nail-biting to thumb-sucking.

So as Lent began this week, MM took to the streets to discover whether Mancunians are swearing off anything this year.

We asked: Have you given anything up for Lent?

Didn’t know it was Lent 9%

Jean Carter, 58, a sales assistant from Salford, said: “Absolutely not. I have never given anything up and I never will. It is a waste of time really.”

Retired Liz Anderson, 62, from Salford, said: “It probably sounds really boring but I have given up chocolate this year. Although I don’t know how long it will last, it is just too tempting.”

Claire Nichols, a 22-year-old student from Fallowfield, said: “I haven’t given anything up for Lent this year but I did give up chocolate last year. I’ve already done my bit though, I gave up alcohol for the ‘Dryathlon’ in January and that was really hard.”

Jack Roberts, 20, student from Gorton, said: “Nothing at all. My girlfriend wants me to give up FIFA though, but there is no chance of that happening.”

Anthony Rekia, 35, unemployed, from the city centre, said: “I don’t believe in it really. It is just an out-dated rule like having fish on Good Friday.”

Claire Elliott, 32, secretary, living in the city centre, said: “I haven’t given anything up this year but at the moment I really feel like giving up exercise, even though I really shouldn’t.”

Picture courtesy of robinsan, with thanks.

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