Here’s another chance to read some of our top stories of 2019.
By ‘top’ we mean our most viewed stories of the year plus a few of our personal favourites thrown in for good measure, just in case you missed them first time round.
Think of the list as a cross between The Best Of I Love MCR and I Love MCR’s Greatest Hits. Or, if you prefer, like a big tub of Quality Street, only less sickly, and without the rubbish ones. There are definitely no toffee pennies in our selection. Just purple ones and green triangles. So fill your boots.
Sky One’s new comedy drama Brassic may be inspired by Joe Gilgun’s experiences growing up in Chorley, but it was filmed in locations across the north west – including Greater Manchester, from Ashton to Bolton via The Star and Garter.
Popular radio duo Joel Ross and Lorna Bancroft woke up Manchester for the final time on the Heart North West breakfast show following a huge shake-up of the station which left many listeners unhappy that they were leaving the station.
Remember Aisha Masood, one of the candidates from Manchester on this year’s The Apprentice? She flew under the radar for a while. In fact, she hardly said a word for the first few weeks. Then she became the first ever candidate to lead a team to £1m worth of sales on a task. Then she was fired. C’est la vie.
Tributes poured in after the sudden death of model and club promoter Craig Bieszke, 35, a well-known face on Manchester’s social scene with his identical twin brother Chris.
Former Emmerdale and I’m A Celebrity star Adam Thomas and best friend Scott Graham transformed a former electrical shop in Gatley into a stylish new restaurant spread over two floors.
High up in the sky, on top of one of Manchester’s most secretive buildings, is a stunning roof terrace with expansive views of Manchester.
Is there any other way to party in Manchester? But the rain couldn’t put a halt to the flamboyant outfits that the Parklife music festival traditionally attracts. Glittery facepaints and hot pants topped with see-through ponchos were the most popular fashions.
Our Pass, a £9.3 million two-year pilot scheme largely funded from council tax, was launched at Bridgewater Hall in July. The scheme offers free bus travel for 16 to 18 year olds, with some claiming that it could change the lives of young people.
Even visiting superstars couldn’t resist the lure of the festive stalls at Manchester’s Christmas Markets. Christina Aguilera, Hollywood actor Neil Patrick Harris and members of girl band Little Mix were all spotted soaking up the atmosphere.
Remember the Arndale underground market, the subterranean shopper’s paradise which boasted 100 market stalls and shops and had three separate entrances? An urban explorer uncovered what’s left of it.
Peaky Blinders, the hit BBC drama about gangsters with sharp haircuts, returned to our screens for series five. The action may be set on the lawless streets of 1920s Birmingham, but many of the scenes were actually filmed in Manchester. Take that, Birmingham.
Down in the basement of Manchester Hall, beneath Vanitas the venue’s nightclub, are eight luxurious boutique bedrooms kitted out with some of the finest furnishings. But no need to fret about noise from the nightclub because they’ve been well and truly soundproofed.
You weren’t happy when plans were unveiled to scrap local breakfast shows at popular stations Capital, Heart and Smooth.
Trackwork construction on the long-awaited Metrolink line to the Trafford Centre was completed, meaning trams will be arriving in the first half of 2020 – a massive six months early. Never EVER say the trams are always late again.
Tributes poured in after the sudden death of popular hairdresser-to-the-stars Scott Meadows. Scott, 31, was a well known face at the House of Evelyn beauty salon in Manchester city centre and counted scores of celebrities as his friends and clients.
Mana might not be from heaven, but it must be pretty close because it was awarded Manchester’s first Michelin star in over 40 years.
Monday 23rd September was the 46th anniversary of the first Northern Soul all-nighter at Wigan Casino. The records, always expensive and collectable, now fetch a king’s ransom, especially on the Japanese market.
Manchester Arndale turned 40 this year. It has witnessed huge changes and devastating moments and remains the region’s busiest shopping mall, with an estimated 40 million visitors every year. We took a trip down Market Way and memory lane.
Jeremy Clarkson loves cars. But when it comes to hotels, he isn’t easily impressed. In fact, he positively hates them. Which is why he caused a bit of a stir when he said how impressed he was by the hotel where he stayed when he visited Manchester.
John Rylands is the most beautiful ‘old-school’ library in Europe, according to Google reviews – the only UK library to make the list. Who could possibly disagree?
Stock Exchange Manchester reveals name and menus for new restaurant by Michelin starred Tom Kerridge
We spoke to chef Tom Kerridge before the opening of the Stock Exchange, the hotel that’s been called ‘Manchester’s ultimate luxury bolthole’.
We took a look at some of the quirkiest pubs in Manchester, whether it’s because of their size, their age, their unusual history or setting.
Talking of pubs, The Church Inn in Mobberley was named best in the UK at the National Pub & Bar Awards – and the chef picked up the award for pub chef of the year.
It was party time for Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn as she held her leaving bash with cast and crew at a Manchester club.
The Real Housewives of Cheshire returned for a tenth series, with dramas unfolding in a variety of fabulous settings in some of Cheshire and Manchester’s hottest hotspots.
If you’re looking for hotspots on those rare occasions when the sun decides to peep out from behind the clouds, we found some places where you can raise your glass and actually find a seat.
Who knew The Lost Boys, the 1987 American horror comedy film starring Corey Haim, Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland, has a huge cult following? We didn’t – until we published this story and it got zillions of views.
If Lowry was around today, he would definitely have been impressed by this stunning image captured on an iPhone by photographer Simon Buckley. May he dine out on it for the next ten years.
Hidden underneath a sushi shop in Manchester’s Chinatown is a little known store selling trainers so rare they’re attracting customers from all across Europe and even America.
The most read piece in our series This is the Place was about this Cheshire town with a reputation for fast cars and fake tans.
When the temperature’s rising in Manchester and you need to cool down and the fountains in Piccadilly Gardens just won’t do, these are the places to head to …
We wanted to know which restaurants are REALLY Manchester’s favourites. So we asked our readers to tell us their favourite restaurants and their most loved dish. And they did.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany promised the money raised at his testimonial would go to the homeless charity he set up.
Typical. You wait ages for a trainer store to come along then two come along at the same time.
Ever wondered what would happen if you walked down Market Street and said yes to everything you were offered? Dianne Bourne decided to try it and lived to tell the tale.
Chorlton is known for its organic delis, independent bars and restaurants, sustainable lifestyle stores, wholesome community spirit and Guardian readers.
Move over M20. M30 is in the building. With tongue firmly in cheek, Monton has not only been compared to the French Riviera – it’s affectionately known by locals as Monton Carlo – but has also recently been tipped to be ‘the new Didsbury’ and ‘the new Burton Road’.
The one where Central Perk cafe off Friends opened in Primark on Market Street. And it looked even better than we could’ve imagined.
Once upon a time in Manchester, a long, long time ago – well 1978 actually – two Manchester students had a massive hit record and were on Top of the Pops. Jilted John turned into John Shuttleworth. But whatever happened to Gordon the Moron?
Ultra-luxurious boutique picture house Everyman Cinema opened on the site of the Old Granada Studios building on Quay Street. Inside what was once office space are now three extremely comfortable and elegant screening rooms, plus a large lounge, bar and kitchen.
Manchester artist Stanley Chow on city pride, football rivalry and where to get the best chips in town
Manchester artist Stanley Chow’s instantly recognisable work has gained international acclaim, seeing him collaborate with pop stars, win awards and adorn walls the world over.
Timothy Spall on playing Lowry, filming in Stockport, and why his own paintings are on display in Salford
Having played artist JMW Turner in 2014’s Mr Turner, actor Timothy Spall picked up his paintbrushes again to play Salford artist LS Lowry in Mrs Lowry & Son. We met up with the actor at – where else? – The Lowry Hotel on the eve of the film’s gala premiere at – yes, you guessed – The Lowry Theatre. It doesn’t get more Lowry than this.
Manchester’s famous Frog and Bucket Comedy Club celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and marked the occasion with a party. We spoke to founder David Perkin about the famous faces who’ve graced the stage and what the future holds.
Whalley Range photojournalist Sean Sutton has worked for Manchester-based Nobel Peace Prize-winning charity Mines Advisory Group for more than 20 years, documenting the damage that landmines do.
Family-run restaurant San Carlo celebrated 15 years in Manchester this year. We spoke to managing director Marcello Distefano about how the brand has grown, his favourite memories, and why he loves Manchester.
Throughout the Madchester scene of the late 80s, Ian Wild worked as a sound engineer for the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, James, World of Twist, Inspiral Carpets and others. These days, he spends most of his time creating hand thrown pots fired to stoneware temperatures.
One of Manchester’s most important historic buildings is taking on a new lease of life. The world’s oldest steam-powered cotton mill has been painstakingly renovated to become one of the city’s most in-demand residential apartment complexes.
You can’t move for large scale murals, pasted posters, throw-ups, tags and stickers all over Manchester. One artist in particular has generated quite the cult following for himself, painting huge photo-realistic portraits of pop culture icons in prime locations across the city.
Ever wondered what became of Zippy, Manchester’s very own Santa who presided over the Christmas markets in Albert Square for 12 years until he was retired by the council? He turned up at Kellogg’s in Old Trafford, that’s what.
If you drive in or around Manchester, you’ll know what it’s like being stuck in traffic. TfGM’s information boards make those traffic jams a bit more bearable. We thought this message was the best one yet.