2011 Round-up with Mancunian Matters

By Mancunian Matters staff

Thank you for all the support from our readers over 2011. It has been an incredible year for MM, and here is a round-up of some of the most memorable moments from all of our newsdesk… see you in 2012!

On May 4 MM provided round the clock coverage from every council election across Greater Manchester.

Our very Josh Powling also provided hourly video updates throughout the night. Peter Snow eat your heart out.


MM spoke to the Hulme squatters and revealed that they were using illegal drugs on the premises they were occupying.


The death of Osama Bin Laden was one of the biggest headlines the world saw this year. MM’s reporters all had something to say on the subject.


When Pele and Eric Cantona came to town, MM were on scene.

MM’s Josh Powling exposed some of the awful conditions of Northern Rail’s train carriages and forced the company to confess ‘we have a problem’.


The closure of the News of the World was a landmark day in journalism. MM looked at how social networking was involved in the collapse of a Sunday institution. It’s Twitter wot won it…


Carlos Tevez only managed to find two restaurants in the whole of this ‘rainy city’.


It was a landmark year for Manchester Pride, as they turned both 21 and hit the million pound mark in their charity-raising. MM were on scene throughout the celebrations and here are a couple of the best moments…

Rain doesn’t dampen spirits at the festival.

The poignant candlelit vigil finale.


MM’s footage of Bobby Charlton busting some of his finest dance moves to Beyonce went viral and was seen the world over. It featured on ITV news, BBC’s Football Focus and Sky.


They’ve been split up since 2009, but Manchester’s most famous sons, the Gallagher brothers and Oasis, continued to hit the headlines in 2011.


The scenes of rioting and looting in August were some of the most shocking England has seen in a long time. Unfortunately, Manchester was one of the worst affected. MM were the first publication in Manchester to report on scene as the violence erupted, and you can read that here

Our news staff remained in the city centre to cover the events throughout the evening and some of the footage that we caught was seen the world over after being picked up by Sky News and the BBC. 

MM’s photo timeline of the riots.


While the riots may have been one of Manchester’s darkest moments in recent years, the community solidarity that came in the days following it was surely more than anyone could have expected. Crowds took to the streets with brooms in hand and cleaned up the city so fast that by the following evening boarded up windows were the only sign that anything had ever happened. All those involved in the clean-up proved Manchester to be the city we all knew it was, despite the violence of a small number.


A Level results day will be the most memorable day of the year for eighteen-year-olds across Manchester. We provided piece of mind for students across Manchester, with our guide to clearing, and a guide to the alternatives to university.

Jenson Button brought F1 to the streets of Manchester as he raced his McLaren Mercedes down Deansgate in August.

It emerged that there were only seven rough sleepers in Manchester in 2010 according to official government figures. MM investigated how many rough sleepers really were in the city.

The Warehouse Project returned for its final year at the Store Street venue. MM were on scene to see the beginning of the end.

The Conservative Party Conference was hosted in Manchester this year. MM’s Henry Hill was guide to the best of what to catch on the fringe.


Pixie Lott came to Manchester to launch her new Lipsy fashion range, and talked exclusively to MM.

Soap-land was in mourning for the passing of one of its most-loved faces – Betty Turpin. Actress Betty Driver passed away in October.


Manchester’s music fans rejoiced as it was confirmed the Stone Roses were set to reform.


MM broke the news that the Dalai Lama would visit the UK in 2012 – and Manchester is on his list of places to visit.

Graphic images of Colonel Gaddafi’s corpse shocked the world. But with the biggest Libyan community in the UK, MM spoke to those who took to the streets in celebration that night.


Gary Barlow’s Children In Need celebration brought a host of stars onto the red carpet, and we had the pictures and interviews.


The Christmas markets are always a favourite in Manchester, but this year MM’s Jimmy Booker and Jen Lau went behind the scenes at a glühwein stall for the day.


The return of Jacques Lu Cont to the decks was a massive moment for the world of electronic music. His performance alongside Fake Blood at the Warehouse Project in December was simply sublime, and MM were lucky enough to enjoy it.


MM’s editor, David Keane, and news editor, Andrew Greaves, went behind the bar and learned how to mix a classic cocktail or two. The photos speak for themselves… Andrew was very pleased with his creations!

Merry Christmas to all our readers. Keep sending us your stories in 2012. See you in the new year.


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