PUBLIC ASKED TO 'HONK FOR HOPE' AS COACH DRIVERS CONVERGE ON MEDIACITYUK TO HIGHLIGHT THE PLIGHT OF THEIR BUSINESS
An estimated 45 empty coaches took a tour around Salford Quays and MediaCityUK this morning as part of their convoy to raise awareness of the plight of their industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Drivers from all around the North have come together to take part in the action which encourages vehicle drivers to honk their horns in support.
Usually the coaches would be filled with passengers but since the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic in March, the industry has been crippled with many drivers facing job losses.
The drivers are angry that their sector is not receiving the support that they say they need to ride out the storm.
'Honk For Hope' aim to do 2 laps of the Quays and MediaCityUK area after meeting up along Lankro Way.
Organisers state that they want to make their point but not anger the public and lose their vital support.
In the initial days of the viral outbreak, the support was their as coaches were being used to ferry those returning to the country from airports. Since then though the drivers say that they have been more or less forgot about and left to deal with the impacts on their own.
With the usual busiest Summer period more or less now passed, the operators have taken a huge financial hit which means that many may never recover, the impact on jobs will be huge said one driver.
However, not all seemed to be happy about the event on Social media with some complaining about the noise and the traffic disruption, which is all fairness the latter was minimal.
A similar event has also taken place at the same time in Newcastle, although a planned event targeted at the midlands has seemingly failed to materialise.
Happy Christmas from The Lowry: Arts centre to live-stream performance of The Gruffalo to EVERY primary school in Salford
The Lowry in Salford has announced plans to live-stream a performance of Tall Stories’ hit show The Gruffalo into every primary school in the city.
The performance, which will take place at 1.30pm on Friday, 11 December, will be available free of charge to all 99 primary schools in the city.
The first 50 schools to register for the special broadcast will also receive £50 worth of art supplies for their school as a gift from Alison & Noel Copley, patrons of the art centre’s Copley Prize for children.
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “COVID-19 has caused untold disruption to the academic year and the wellbeing of millions of children– not least of all the opportunity for children to come together to experience live theatre.
“Had it not been for the pandemic, we would have expected to welcome some 15,000 children to our building this year – visiting one of our theatres, galleries or taking part in our Learning programme.
“By live-streaming this performance exclusively to Salford primary schools, free of charge, we hope to bring a bit of Christmas cheer to more than 10,000 children across Salford.”
The Lowry worked with Salford City Council to contact all primary schools in the city. Any schools wishing to discuss the broadcast should contact: GetCreative@thelowry.com
The Gruffalo had been scheduled to run on The Lowry’s Lyric Theatre stage from Friday, 12 December to Sunday, 10 January, but has been forced online in light of the impracticalities of widespread touring during the pandemic.
The Lowry is currently closed in-line with the national lockdown. Live performances are due to resume on Friday, 4 December and the galleries are due to re-open (weekends only) from Saturday, 5 December.
Both dates are dependent on the Government announcement on Thursday (26 Nov) of regional tiers and what level will be applied to Greater Manchester.
The Lowry to re-open its galleries at weekends from 1 November : Permanent LS Lowry collection and new 'Days Like These' exhibition on display
The Lowry will re-open the doors of its galleries next month for the first time since March.
Opening to the public at weekends from Sunday 1 November, visitors will be able to enjoy the permanent LS Lowry collection and a new exhibition documenting the lockdown experiences of people from Salford entitled 'Days Like These'.
Both exhibitions are free of charge and will be open 11am – 4pm.
COVID-19 prevention measures will be in place across the galleries, including:
• Compulsory face masks
• Social distancing in operation
• Hand sanitising stations
• One-way system throughout building
• Timed entry
• Temperature checks on arrival
Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said:
Days Like These features paintings, photographs, films and poetry contributed by some of the 245,000 residents of Salford – from empty streets and the joy of reuniting, to the impact on frontline workers and the challenges of being alone.
Contributions are still being accepted. More information about how to submit your work can be found here.
The Lowry galleries are named The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries in recognition of the couple’s £1m donation to the arts centre, which is a registered charity.
Salford has launched a new initiative to train the workers of the future.
The tech talent pipeline partnership has been created by the city’s public and private sectors to link education, training and local employers to tackle skills shortages and help residents make the most of digital opportunities. Salford City Council has been working on this initiative with anchor institutions in the city including the University of Salford, Future Skills, Salford City College, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, The Landing and MediaCityUK.
Salford is already part of the biggest cluster of digital businesses outside London and recent government figures* suggest growth in the digital sector is six times that of other areas of the economy.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
The initiative has already helped connect people to digital opportunities with the launch of two academies to develop the next generation of cyber and data analysts. The cyber academy is led by Raytheon Professional Services and train residents for cyber-security engineer roles whilst the University of Salford leads on a digital data specialists academy, both increasingly important areas for the future.
Salford Chief Digital Officer Jon Corner said:
The tech talent pipeline partnership links together schools, colleges, the university, other training providers, partner organisations and local employers including AJ Bell, BUPA, Morson Group, Morson Projects, Raytheon Professional Services, Raytheon UK, TalkTalk and Sodexo.
Employers are already committed to help young people by providing virtual resources for #FindMyFuture, an online youth hub with support around employment, training, wellbeing, finance and travel. A group of 16-24 year olds have been helped by industry professionals to create digital CVs to help them stand out from the crowd through DEVA/hack (Digital Entrepreneurs and Video Artists Hackathon)
The cyber and digital data specialists academies came out of #Digital Salford and Salford City Council working with employer partners to successfully secure funding from the Fast Track Digital Workforce Fund. Set up to address digital skills shortages and train underrepresented groups, this is a joint venture between Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership and the government.
Digital opportunities in Salford and across Greater Manchester will continue to grow as all sectors become increasingly digitised. More details of the tech talent pipeline partnership can be found at www.digitalsalford.com/publications To find out more or get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org