Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Piccadilly Rats Dancer 'Unlikely to Live' after Tram Horror

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Piccadilly Rats Dancer 'Unlikely to Live' after Tram Horror

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THE family of Piccadilly Rats frontman Ray Boddington say they have been told he 'probably won't survive' after being hit by a tram.

The tragic collision happened on High Street in the city centre near the Arndale on Wednesday night at around 7pm.

It is believed Ray, 77, was on his way home after performing at The Millstone pub in the Northern Quarter when he was struck by a Metrolink tram.

Police and paramedics responded and Ray was given emergency treatment at the scene before being taken to Salford Royal Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Last night his son Daniel Boddington said in a heartfelt Facebook post that Ray suffered serious spinal and head injuries and relatives have been told to expect the worst.

"They said he probably won't survive the next 48 hours," wrote Daniel.

"Hate saying that but it's the truth.

"My head's in bits, he's the most incredible person, he doesn't deserve this.

"People know how close me and my dad are, I'm more than heartbroken.

"I can't believe it, just yesterday we were laughing and joking.

"He made everyone happy, I am praying for you dad, love you so much."

Messages of support for Ray and the Piccadilly Rats have poured in since the Manchester Evening News broke the tragic story yesterday morning.

Ste Ridyard wrote on Facebook: "Always thought they were really good these guys, certainly true Mancs."

Ian Fisher said: "Get well soon you legend of Manchester always made me for one happy when I seen you guys trying to make the city a happier place." The cult band are a familiar face to many, usually found performing in Piccadilly Gardens.

Musician Ray, a retired hairdresser, has previously appeared on The X Factor, and also turned up on daytime courtroom series Judge Rinder.

The Piccadilly Rats line-up includes founders Gaz Stanley and Ray Boddington - plus an array of friends they've met along the way, including Tommy Trouble, drummer Alan Jones, and teenage bassist Robert Branch. …

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