Record-breaking Manchester talent have rewritten the history books as football, music and comedy are helping to put the city on the world map.
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs, Madchester heroes The Stone Roses and Bolton legend Peter Kay have all cemented their places in the newest Guinness World Records with outstanding achievements.
With remarkable charity work, including Children in Need and Comic Relief, earning the attention of Kay since his renowned stand-up tours of the early 2000s, he returned last year to the stage – selling 1.14million tickets for a series of arena tours from 2010 to 2011.
And the funny-man could not hide his emotion at writing his name in the record books, he said: “I’m extremely proud to have receiving such an honour.
“I never imagined that one day I’d be included in the Guinness World Records. Just goes to show that the lovely Roy Castle was right – dedication is exactly what you need if you want to be a record breaker.”
And after ripping the heart of Manchester open again at three sell-out dates in Heaton Park this summer, The Stone Roses reformed to take the top spot after a 15-year split.
Ian Brown, John Squire, Mani and Reni sold out two initial gigs in just 14 minutes and were forced to put on another – not that they could complain as they shifted 220,000 tickets in just over an hour to become the fastest-selling rock gig in British history.
But it is United’s most-decorated player who picked up another two history-making awards after making the most Premier League appearances (598) and winning the most league titles (12).
Giggs said: “To have my records in the Guinness World Records book, which I remember reading as a kid, is an amazing feeling.”
The 38-year-old Welshman already has two records to his name – he is the only footballer to play and score in every Premier League season since its inception 20 years ago.
He has played 910 times for the club and netted 163 times in a career that stretches back to 1990 and he has won 33 pieces of silverware with United in his career.