Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'It Used to Be a Place of Industrial Decay but Now It's a Vibrant, Thrivng City'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'It Used to Be a Place of Industrial Decay but Now It's a Vibrant, Thrivng City'

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PROFESSOR Brian Cox's live world tour, Universal: Adventures in Space and Time is coming to Manchester Arena on Friday, September 13.

Tickets are available from www.briancoxlive.co.uk.

My earliest memory of Manchester is...

Manchester city centre. I remember Piccadilly gardens bus station vividly. I didn't go to Manchester very much until I was 16.

I used to go to Cloud 9 on Cross Street. Me and my friends used to get the bus from Oldham to Piccadilly and walk down. I was a goth at the time so I used to walk down in overcoats and purple hair. Then at the end of the night we used to go to the chippy in the bus station to eat chips and curry sauce at 3am before we got the night bus back.

My favourite place to eat in Manchester is...

I'll say the chippy in Piccadilly Gardens bus station, just for fun. I don't remember what it was called but it was there in 1985.

My favourite Manchester bar or nightclub is...

Actually, it's in Oldham. I used to have a season ticket for Oldham Athletic and we'd go to The Horton Arms in Chadderton. Last year I worked with J W Lees Brewery to create a craft beer and we actually launched it there at The Horton Arms.

My favourite place to shop in Manchester is...

I don't know if it's still there, but Affleck's Palace. It's where I used to get all my second hand overcoats to wear so I could walk around being miserable and staring at the floor - that fake miserableness that you have when you're 16 and listen to Joy Division.

The last gig or show I saw in Manchester was...

Other than mine? When I was 15 of 16 I was really lucky and got to work with Timmy Mallett on Piccadilly Radio answering phones. Chris Evans worked there as well. But I used to get to go to all the gigs that came through there. There were loads of New Order gigs I went to. But my favourite was the Smiths Meat is Murder tour so, even though it's not the last gig I saw, I'll say that. …

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