The bells were rung at Manchester Town Hall at lunchtime on Tuesday June 5, 2012 as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. It continued for about 45 minutes.
Naked cyclists gathered at All Saints Park in Manchester on Friday 1 June 2012 for the city’s 7th World Naked Bike Ride. Then they spent an hour zipping around the city centre to the delight of onlookers, many of whom had just finished work before the Diamond Jubilee bank holiday.
It’s an environmental protest to raise awareness about oil dependency. But also a celebration of the bicycle and the body and intended to highlight the vulnerability of the cyclist in traffic.
This year the riders didn’t have an escort from the police, but volunteer marshalls kept everyone safe.
The World Naked Bike Ride takes place in 70 cities in 20 countries worldwide.
Our 2012 video is short and (hopefully) sweet! See our 2008 coverage for an 8-minute video which includes interviews with the riders and public.
The 2011 video is also longer at 9 minutes but doesn’t have interviews.
As Manchester City Council cuts services and grants to various events, it’s essential that the public is able to have an honest debate about what should be funded.
The organisers and City Council exaggerate crowd numbers for this parade enormously, probably by a factor of ten, while the media fail to scrutinise and report accurately.
The photographs below show the true level of attendance at the 2012 Manchester Irish Festival Parade as it passed through the city centre on 11 March.
On the event’s website, the organisers claimed: “100,000 people are expected to flock to the city centre and line the three mile route” and that this was “one of Europe’s biggest St. Patrick’s Day Parades.”
Since the parade, they’ve continued. Claiming that: “Organisers said an estimated 12,000 were packed into Albert Square alone — with more than 100,000 lining the full parade route.” See below for more analysis of these figures.
I was first alerted to this last year by a fellow photographer who had gone along and afterwards expressed amazement at the low turn out as compared to the hype. So the small crowds this year aren’t anything new…
You may struggle to identify this location at first glance because it looks so different. Certainly I got a big surprise last Sunday as I turned the corner from behind the Central Library.
Photo: by Vera Kratochvil.
In the small pond that is gay Manchester, a couple of dozen people back-pat and promote each other. Publicity and awards are given. (more…)
Manchester Pride has announced a figure of £105,000 for good causes.
However, only £98,000 of this amount was raised during the ten day festival. The other £7,000 came from fundraising at the Manchester Pride Dinner which took place in September 2010 — almost a year before. (more…)
Following my recent interview with Julia Grant, she suggested that perhaps I could organise a public discussion about the future of the August Bank Holiday event (which has been known as Manchester Pride since 2004) and the gay village.
This was arranged with the help of other members of the Facebook group Facts About Manchester Pride and was called: “Pull Your Fingers Out and Claim It Back” — a reference to something that Julia said in the interview.
The discussion took place on Thursday 25 August 2011 at the Hotel International on London Road, opposite Piccadilly Station.
The first half was about past and present. A chance for people to ask follow-up questions about the interview, or anything they’d ever wanted to ask Julia Grant. The second was about the future. What changes we would like to see and how to achieve those.
You can watch the whole thing here. It’s in four parts, with a total running time of 128 minutes.