2016 was the twentieth anniversary of the IRA bomb and Sir Richard Leese’s election as leader of Manchester city council. It was the year 200,000 people turned out for the Olympic and Paralympic heroes parade, and the year Manchester was named the number one most liveable city in the UK, the most competitive location for business in Europe, and one of the most LGBT-friendly places in the world to visit. And record demand for hotel beds proved Manchester’s growth as a tourism destination. Just another year in the life of Manchester.
Here are our most read stories of the year, proving Manchester is a city which continues to excite and surprise.
“Two Frigid Bishops, a Badgers Wang and a Farting Dog For the Wife Please”
Planning granted for Manchester Airport’s Transformation Programme featuring self-service check-in and quicker security
WATCH: Manchattan love letter to Manchester with Stone Roses’ Waterfall as you’ve never heard it before
The Milton Club announces new early evening experience ‘Limitless’ featuring free flow drinks, snacks and DJ
No place like HOME’s first birthday celebrations – featuring rooftop festival, music, entertainment and food
WATCH | How long does it take for someone to pick up a bottle on one of Manchester’s filthiest streets?
Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs reveal first pictures of their HUGE city centre project that will change the face of Manchester
Sneak peek: Corn Exchange reveals final designs for aparthotel with unique historic character and penthouse rooms
Underneath the arches – that’s where you’ll find some of Manchester’s quirkiest independent businesses
Manchester’s water palace Victoria Baths to celebrate its 110th birthday in style – and everybody’s invited!
Whisky Festival with over 300 Scotch, Irish, American & Bourbon whiskies returns to the Northern Quarter
Super-rich Arabs flock to Manchester instead of London – here’s seven things to make them feel at home
Do you even come from Manchester? Broadband provider reveals football club with the most local supporters
The Liquor Store First Street launches in style – finally bringing nightlife to Manchester’s newest district
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