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.

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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.

Joel Ross and Lorna Bancroft
Credit: Heart FM

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.

Iasha Masood
(C) Boundless – Photographer: Ray Burmiston

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.

Craig Bieszke at Panacea
Craig Bieszke (centre) at Panacea

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.

Parklife 2019
Credit: Andrew Whitton/Fanatic

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.

Christina Aguilera Christmas Markets

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.

Photographer: Ben Blackall

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.

Capital FM

You weren’t happy when plans were unveiled to scrap local breakfast shows at popular stations Capital, Heart and Smooth.

Photo: Chris Bull / TFGM

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.

Scott Meadows
Scott Meadows with his House of Evelyn team

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.

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.

Colour coded areas in the Manchester Arndale

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 Library. Photo: Jennifer Boyer via Flickr

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?

Katie McGlynn leaving party Mahiki
credit: Emma Wilson

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 series 10
(C) Monkey Kingdom

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.

A limited, executive-level ‘friends and family’ release of Para’s Nike Airmax 1 collab at Sneaker63

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.

Pic Mike Serigrapher Commons

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany promised the money raised at his testimonial would go to the homeless charity he set up.

Photo: Sean Sutton

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.

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