- On October 2, 2017
As the events of 2017 have clearly shown throughout the world, Manchester is not just a proud city, it’s a close-knit community.
But if it’s one thing that can get Mancunians frowning, it’s hearing people reeling out the same tired clichés and misconceptions about their home area.
Is it really England’s rainiest city and full of cobbled streets?
Even people who live in Manchester have “soaked up” the wettest myth of them all.
It doesn’t rain more in Manchester than anywhere else. In fact, an average 800mm of rain falls over 140 days here, which compares favourably with the national average of more than 1,000.
As to the streets! We love Coronation Street but it becomes tiresome explaining to people that mythical Wetherfield bares little resemblance to our beautiful, vibrant city. Where else than Manchester is there such a rich mix of Victorian splendour and achingly modern architecture? And no ruddy cobbles.
Manchester’s football legacy has also given rise to some abiding myths. Such as the rivalry with Liverpool arising from fallouts in the terraces. Historians will argue that any tension between these two northern powerhouses comes from water. When the Manchester Ship Canal was built, bypassing Liverpool Docks, it caused friction.
Britain’s second city – or first
Now to tackle the whole debate about whether it is Manchester or Birmingham that can claim to be England’s second city.
Firstly, to Mancunians their beloved home is the “only” city. There is also a body of opinion – including respected economists – who believe Manchester should become England’s capital. It would make Government more accessible and affordable; spreading investment more evenly across the North-South divide.
Meanwhile, the smart money is on Manchester being Britain’s de-facto second city.
Not least as it has the mighty Manchester Airport, handling twice the number of international connections of its counterpart in the Midlands.
Manchester also offers substantial green spaces and parks, and lots more room to grow as a city.
More of everything
In fact, Manchester does everything bigger, better and with more class according to the locals. But remember, the one thing we don’t have more of than anyone else is rain!
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